Khalil Gibran

(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931 / Bsharri)

Let these be your desires


Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
But if your love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook
That sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.

Submitted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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  • Frank Avon (8/19/2014 4:52:00 PM)

    Gibran is one of the most neglected 20th century American poets. Why? First, to clarify, he has never been neglected by the reading public, but almost absolutely by the critical establishment. He's an Arab-American. He writes in biblical rhythms rather than Tennysonian. His poems ran counter to the imagistic and modernistic tide of the 1920s, dealing in wisdom, extending (as in this poem) iwise sayings, often creatively expressed, but often too verging on cliches. (Report) Reply

  • F. J. Thomas (8/19/2014 10:36:00 AM)

    I tend to stay away from commenting on the work of a deceased poet so as to focus on the living that may enjoy receiving them; but this is a most tender piece. I have to say I truly enjoyed the heartwarming beseech to have one experience love in its true forms. (Report) Reply

  • Reyvrex Questor Reyes (8/8/2012 1:49:00 AM)

    Golden words, from the great poet himself. I wrote this in reply:

    Virtue And The Beast

    To run, we could from threats besetting us
    But naught we do for demons from within
    Their obstacles laid on the paths we pass
    Dictate the rise and fall our lives contain

    Virtue does to a woman bind desire
    When dreams of wayward thrills it would suppress
    As though alarm when hearts are set afire
    It screams out loud should she unzips her dress

    Monsters and ghouls are far removed in woods
    If there be what the heart so truly dreads
    In man is beast lurking in murky moods
    Knows many arms and sleeps in many beds. (Report) Reply

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