Kahlil Gibran – On Children

On Children

Kahlil Gibran

Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let our bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

For our lovely Sister Maliha of the wonderful Lightness of Being blog, and Yusuf, her beautiful new baby boy, Alhamdulillah! May Allah bless her and her new baby, her handsome loving husband, and Yusuf’s adorable older brother Sufyan. Go HERE and read about it.

And with thanks to The Stumbling Mystic blog for the Gibran poem.

Ya Haqq!

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11 Responses to Kahlil Gibran – On Children

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  2. Maliha says:

    Salamaat,
    my very own dedication! awww….i am in tears..thanks ya darvish! I love Gibran, that poem like all his others, really brings out the heart of life. baraka Allah feek.

  3. Umm Layth says:

    as salamu ‘alaykum

    subhanallah this is a powerful piece to put any mother & father into contemplation

    ya allah

  4. What a beautiful verse!

  5. Shahrzad says:

    I dont like Jibran books, but this poem is beautiful. And mom being is wonderful feeling..

  6. Crabby says:

    *Bows…* Wonderful.

  7. Yakoub Islam says:

    I gave this poem to my step brother when his child was born. Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’ is truly a masterpiece.

  8. oh yes I remember this khalil jibran , it was one of the first type of spiritual books I recieved as a gift :) and I remember this particular poem been read out to us in a parenting course .

  9. N-m27 says:

    I love this poem, but I can’t find the arabic version anywhere on the net. Could anyone help me please?

  10. SK says:

    i have always been in love with Gibran…

  11. human about says:

    assalamualaikum.
    my favorite quotation from kahlil was : man should pray when in happiness and big success.
    i like your blog and i added you in my link list. would you add me in your link list too. thanx.
    wassalam

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