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Good And Evil Xxii - Poem by Kahlil Gibran

And one of the elders of the city said, "Speak to us of Good and Evil."

And he answered:

Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.

For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

Verily when good is hungry it seeks food even in dark caves, and when it thirsts, it drinks even of dead waters.

You are good when you are one with yourself.

Yet when you are not one with yourself you are not evil.

For a divided house is not a den of thieves; it is only a divided house.

And a ship without rudder may wander aimlessly among perilous isles yet sink not to the bottom.

You are good when you strive to give of yourself.

Yet you are not evil when you seek gain for yourself.

For when you strive for gain you are but a root that clings to the earth and sucks at her breast.

Surely the fruit cannot say to the root, "Be like me, ripe and full and ever giving of your abundance."

For to the fruit giving is a need, as receiving is a need to the root.

You are good when you are fully awake in your speech,

Yet you are not evil when you sleep while your tongue staggers without purpose.

And even stumbling speech may strengthen a weak tongue.

You are good when you walk to your goal firmly and with bold steps.

Yet you are not evil when you go thither limping.

Even those who limp go not backward.

But you who are strong and swift, see that you do not limp before the lame, deeming it kindness.

You are good in countless ways, and you are not evil when you are not good,

You are only loitering and sluggard.

Pity that the stags cannot teach swiftness to the turtles.

In your longing for your giant self lies your goodness: and that longing is in all of you.

But in some of you that longing is a torrent rushing with might to the sea, carrying the secrets of the hillsides and the songs of the forest.

And in others it is a flat stream that loses itself in angles and bends and lingers before it reaches the shore.

But let not him who longs much say to him who longs little, "Wherefore are you slow and halting?"

For the truly good ask not the naked, "Where is your garment?" nor the houseless, "What has befallen your house?"


Comments about Good And Evil Xxii by Kahlil Gibran

  • Rookie Deodath Debideen (11/4/2009 12:02:00 AM)

    Gibran wrote a lot of crap. If you are not good, you are evil, unless you are confused! (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie nobody anonymous (8/27/2007 4:38:00 AM)

    Good and evil...Angel and demons..
    inseparable n never alone
    the meaning of the poem is deep and thought provoking...
    opens up a new definition of good n evil
    worthy of discussion and reviews (Report) Reply

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Poems About Evil

  1. 1. Good And Evil Xxii , Kahlil Gibran
  2. 2. Against Evil Company , Isaac Watts
  3. 3. Evil Land , Rudyard Kipling
  4. 4. Sonnet Xx: An Evil Spirit , Michael Drayton
  5. 5. The Evil Seekers , Anne Sexton
  6. 6. He Thinks Of Those Who Have Spoken Evil .. , William Butler Yeats
  7. 7. The Seven Evil Spirits , Anonymous Asian
  8. 8. The Evil Eye , Anne Sexton
  9. 9. The Legend Of Evil , Rudyard Kipling
  10. 10. Evil , Arthur Rimbaud
  11. 11. Good And Evil , Samuel Griswold Goodrich
  12. 12. The Mask Of Evil , Bertolt Brecht
  13. 13. Song Of The Evil Spirit Of The Woods , Thomas Moore
  14. 14. The Origin Of Evil: An Elegy , Royall Tyler
  15. 15. Dream Of The Evil Servant , Reetika Vazirani
  16. 16. Evil , Marie Elizabeth Josephine Pitt
  17. 17. Evil Spirits , Meena Kandasamy
  18. 18. Fighting Evil , Raymond A. Foss
  19. 19. Fearlessly Contend Against Evil , Raymond A. Foss
  20. 20. Evil Stalked The Night , Raymond A. Foss
  21. 21. Beowulf , Charles Baudelaire
  22. 22. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  23. 23. Paradise Lost: Book X , John Milton
  24. 24. Paradise Lost: Book 09 , John Milton
  25. 25. Love Vs. Evil , .Pd. is here
  26. 26. A Question Of Philosophy , Pete Crowther
  27. 27. Money Is The Root Of All Evil , Nadalia Bagratuni
  28. 28. Blinkers , Alf Hutchison
  29. 29. The Gospel According To Lilith- Chapters.. , Lonnie Hicks
  30. 30. *****ray's Favorite Writings***** , Ray Lucero
  31. 31. Dark Versus Light , krissi b'williams
  32. 32. Feeling Evil , Elena Helms
  33. 33. The Bible As The Oldest Egalitarian Docu.. , Lonnie Hicks
  34. 34. A Pulitzer Prize , Udiah (witness to Yah)
  35. 35. (197) Sharper Than Harpoons (Oneryu) , premji premji
  36. 36. Am I Evil? , Adryan Bates
  37. 37. Evil, I Call You! , Mark R Slaughter
  38. 38. Immortality , Lonnie Hicks
  39. 39. Vesperal , Ernest Christopher Dowson
  40. 40. Beowulf , Anonymous Works
  41. 41. Genesis Bk Xiii , Caedmon
  42. 42. Genesis Bk Xi , Caedmon
  43. 43. Evil , vincent armone
  44. 44. The Odyssey , Homer
  45. 45. A Necessary Light , Godfrey Morris
  46. 46. You Told Me , ramesh rai
  47. 47. Evil , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  48. 48. Evil , Tara Sloblock
  49. 49. Feeling The Rath Of Evil , kelsi gray
  50. 50. Three Monkeys…plus One , Ray Lucero
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