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Good And Evil Xxii - Poem by Khalil 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 Khalil Gibran

  • Rookie - 230 Points Sourabh Mishra (3/8/2016 9:13:00 PM)

    Really a great poem. It was really nice to read such a piece of art. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 63,035 Points * Sunprincess * (1/15/2016 6:35:00 PM)

    .......nicely penned....the poet has certainly given much thought on good and evil....and the metaphors are most astonishing though either one is good or one is evil....for example either the fruit is still good or the fruit has turned rotten ★ (Report) Reply

  • 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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Poems About Evil

  1. 1. Good And Evil Xxii , Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. Against Evil Company , Isaac Watts
  3. 3. Evil , Arthur Rimbaud
  4. 4. The Mask Of Evil , Bertolt Brecht
  5. 5. Good And Evil , James B. Earley
  6. 6. Evil Land , Rudyard Kipling
  7. 7. He Thinks Of Those Who Have Spoken Evil .. , William Butler Yeats
  8. 8. Love Vs. Evil , .Pd. is here
  9. 9. The Evil Seekers , Anne Sexton
  10. 10. The Evil Eye , Anne Sexton
  11. 11. Money Is The Root Of All Evil , Nadalia Bagratuni
  12. 12. (was Man Born Evil?) , Marvin Brato Sr
  13. 13. (147) Root Cause Of Evil (Oneryu) , premji premji
  14. 14. (162) Alphabet Of Evil (Oneryu) , premji premji
  15. 15. Good Vs Evil , Doom and Gloom
  16. 16. Evil, An Option? , (brief renderings) Joe Fazio
  17. 17. Sonnet Xx: An Evil Spirit , Michael Drayton
  18. 18. Good Vs. Evil. , JOSE MURGUIA
  19. 19. Born Into Evil (Given No Fighting Chance) , Scarlet .....
  20. 20. In Evil Long I Took Delight , John Newton
  21. 21. Evil Influence , George MacDonald
  22. 22. Feeling Evil , Elena Helms
  23. 23. (158) Evil Within Everyone (Oneryu) , premji premji
  24. 24. Am I Evil? , Adryan Bates
  25. 25. Good And Evil. , Robert Crawford
  26. 26. The Legend Of Evil , Rudyard Kipling
  27. 27. Evil-2 , Scarlet .....
  28. 28. Evil-3 , Scarlet .....
  29. 29. Evil-4 , Scarlet .....
  30. 30. The Circle Of Evil , Atahan Tolunay
  31. 31. Evil-1 , Scarlet .....
  32. 32. . Evil Wears A Shock Collar , Debora Short
  33. 33. Evil-5 , Scarlet .....
  34. 34. Villion's Ballade Of Good Counsel, To Hi.. , Andrew Lang
  35. 35. Evil, I Call You! , Mark R Slaughter
  36. 36. *evil Voices* , Broken Hearts
  37. 37. ! Good V. Evil - Watch The Rematch In Th.. , Michael Shepherd
  38. 38. Evil Poetess , Amera Andersen
  39. 39. Evil Fire Inside Me* , Mrs. Cynosure
  40. 40. Love Is Evil , Mark Bauch
  41. 41. Evil Incarnate , Joe Rosochacki
  42. 42. Like An Evil Spirit , Mikhail Yuryevich Lermontov
  43. 43. Evil Angel , black broken heart
  44. 44. Lotuses Of The Evil 5 , AZsacra ZARATHUSTRA
  45. 45. Evil Win Over Evil , Hasmukh Amathalal
  46. 46. A Social Evil , Sandra Martyres
  47. 47. ! A Good Man In An Evil Time , Michael Shepherd
  48. 48. Evil , Marie E J Pitt
  49. 49. When Evil Becomes You , Mark R Slaughter
  50. 50. Good Vs. Evil , David Wagner
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