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Laughter And Tears Ix - Poem by Khalil Gibran

As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and I could hear from a distance the agitated murmur of the rivulet singing its way briskly into the valley.

When the birds took shelter among the boughs, and the flowers folded their petals, and tremendous silence descended, I heard a rustle of feet though the grass. I took heed and saw a young couple approaching my arbor. The say under a tree where I could see them without being seen.

After he looked about in every direction, I heard the young man saying, "Sit by me, my beloved, and listen to my heart; smile, for your happiness is a symbol of our future; be merry, for the sparkling days rejoice with us.

"My soul is warning me of the doubt in your heart, for doubt in love is a sin. "Soon you will be the owner of this vast land, lighted by this beautiful moon; soon you will be the mistress of my palace, and all the servants and maids will obey your commands.

"Smile, my beloved, like the gold smiles from my father's coffers.

"My heart refuses to deny you its secret. Twelve months of comfort and travel await us; for a year we will spend my father's gold at the blue lakes of Switzerland, and viewing the edifices of Italy and Egypt, and resting under the Holy Cedars of Lebanon; you will meet the princesses who will envy you for your jewels and clothes.

"All these things I will do for you; will you be satisfied?"

In a little while I saw them walking and stepping on flowers as the rich step upon the hearts of the poor. As they disappeared from my sight, I commenced to make comparison between love and money, and to analyze their position in the heart.

Money! The source of insincere love; the spring of false light and fortune; the well of poisoned water; the desperation of old age!

I was still wandering in the vast desert of contemplation when a forlorn and specter-like couple passed by me and sat on the grass; a young man and a young woman who had left their farming shacks in the nearby fields for this cool and solitary place.

After a few moments of complete silence, I heard the following words uttered with sighs from weather-bitten lips, "Shed not tears, my beloved; love that opens our eyes and enslaves our hearts can give us the blessing of patience. Be consoled in our delay our delay, for we have taken an oath and entered Love's shrine; for our love will ever grow in adversity; for it is in Love's name that we are suffering the obstacles of poverty and the sharpness of misery and the emptiness of separation. I shall attack these hardships until I triumph and place in your hands a strength that will help over all things to complete the journey of life.

"Love - which is God - will consider our sighs and tears as incense burned at His altar and He will reward us with fortitude. Good-bye, my beloved; I must leave before the heartening moon vanishes."

A pure voice, combined of the consuming flame of love, and the hopeless bitterness of longing and the resolved sweetness of patience, said, "Good-bye, my beloved."

They separated, and the elegy to their union was smothered by the wails of my crying heart.

I looked upon slumbering Nature, and with deep reflection discovered the reality of a vast and infinite thing -- something no power could demand, influence acquire, nor riches purchase. Nor could it be effaced by the tears of time or deadened by sorrow; a thing which cannot be discovered by the blue lakes of Switzerland or the beautiful edifices of Italy.

It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter, flourishes in spring, casts a breeze in summer, and bears fruit in autumn -- I found Love.


Comments about Laughter And Tears Ix by Khalil Gibran

  • Rookie - 184 Points Brian Jani (5/19/2014 10:43:00 AM)

    Wow khaki well done on this one (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Zehraa Cheaib (12/9/2010 12:08:00 PM)

    Mashallah, the power of Gibran's language really is wonderful! (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Zainab Amjad (8/28/2009 1:32:00 PM)

    Brought so many tears..
    Really beautiful! (Report) Reply

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Poems About Italy

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  3. 3. On Being A Woman , Dorothy Parker
  4. 4. Duns Scotus's Oxford , Gerard Manley Hopkins
  5. 5. Mother And Poet , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  6. 6. Love Songs , Sara Teasdale
  7. 7. De Gustibus--- , Robert Browning
  8. 8. Father Explains , Czeslaw Milosz
  9. 9. Lepanto , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  10. 10. Italian In England, The , Robert Browning
  11. 11. The Ballad Of The White Horse , Gilbert Keith Chesterton
  12. 12. The Olive Tree , Karl Shapiro
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  14. 14. Ode To Liberty , Percy Bysshe Shelley
  15. 15. The Italian In England , Robert Browning
  16. 16. Thoreau In Italy , Robert Francis
  17. 17. Humanitad , Oscar Wilde
  18. 18. The Portrait In The Rock , Pablo Neruda
  19. 19. Austerity Of Poetry , Matthew Arnold
  20. 20. Blessed Among Women --To The Signora Cai.. , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  21. 21. ' Gurgling Stream [revis.. , Margaret Alice Second
  22. 22. A Last Confession , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
  23. 23. Homage To Sextus Propertius - I , Ezra Pound
  24. 24. An Heroic Address To [oxford], Concernin.. , Gabriel Harvey
  25. 25. The Eve Of Revolution , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  26. 26. Dear Joanne , Lew Welch
  27. 27. Above Lavender Bay , Henry Lawson
  28. 28. A Woeful New Ballad Of The Protestant Co.. , William Makepeace Thackeray
  29. 29. Theodotus , Constantine P. Cavafy
  30. 30. Farewell To Italy , Alfred Austin
  31. 31. Super Flumina Babylonis , Algernon Charles Swinburne
  32. 32. ***orientalism I (The Aftermath) , Sadiqullah Khan
  33. 33. Keats , Henry Van Dyke
  34. 34. Liberty Enlightening The World , Henry Van Dyke
  35. 35. Morts De Quatre-Vingt-Douze (Dead Of '92) , Arthur Rimbaud
  36. 36. Promontory , Arthur Rimbaud
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  38. 38. His Monument , Franklin P. Adams
  39. 39. The Song Of The Standard , Algernon Charles Swinburne
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  41. 41. English May , Dante Gabriel Rossetti
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  43. 43. Sonnet Lii: O Whether , Samuel Daniel
  44. 44. Lines Printed Under The Engraved Portrai.. , John Dryden
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