Khalil Gibran

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

A Lover's Call Xxvii

Poem by Khalil Gibran

Where are you, my beloved? Are you in that little
Paradise, watering the flowers who look upon you
As infants look upon the breast of their mothers?


Or are you in your chamber where the shrine of
Virtue has been placed in your honor, and upon
Which you offer my heart and soul as sacrifice?


Or amongst the books, seeking human knowledge,
While you are replete with heavenly wisdom?


Oh companion of my soul, where are you? Are you
Praying in the temple? Or calling Nature in the
Field, haven of your dreams?


Are you in the huts of the poor, consoling the
Broken-hearted with the sweetness of your soul, and
Filling their hands with your bounty?


You are God's spirit everywhere;
You are stronger than the ages.


Do you have memory of the day we met, when the halo of
You spirit surrounded us, and the Angels of Love
Floated about, singing the praise of the soul's deed?


Do you recollect our sitting in the shade of the
Branches, sheltering ourselves from Humanity, as the ribs
Protect the divine secret of the heart from injury?


Remember you the trails and forest we walked, with hands
Joined, and our heads leaning against each other, as if
We were hiding ourselves within ourselves?


Recall you the hour I bade you farewell,
And the Maritime kiss you placed on my lips?
That kiss taught me that joining of lips in Love
Reveals heavenly secrets which the tongue cannot utter!


That kiss was introduction to a great sigh,
Like the Almighty's breath that turned earth into man.


That sigh led my way into the spiritual world,
Announcing the glory of my soul; and there
It shall perpetuate until again we meet.


I remember when you kissed me and kissed me,
With tears coursing your cheeks, and you said,
"Earthly bodies must often separate for earthly purpose,
And must live apart impelled by worldly intent.


"But the spirit remains joined safely in the hands of
Love, until death arrives and takes joined souls to God.


"Go, my beloved; Love has chosen you her delegate;
Over her, for she is Beauty who offers to her follower
The cup of the sweetness of life.
As for my own empty arms, your love shall remain my
Comforting groom; you memory, my Eternal wedding."


Where are you now, my other self? Are you awake in
The silence of the night? Let the clean breeze convey
To you my heart's every beat and affection.


Are you fondling my face in your memory? That image
Is no longer my own, for Sorrow has dropped his
Shadow on my happy countenance of the past.


Sobs have withered my eyes which reflected your beauty
And dried my lips which you sweetened with kisses.


Where are you, my beloved? Do you hear my weeping
From beyond the ocean? Do you understand my need?
Do you know the greatness of my patience?


Is there any spirit in the air capable of conveying
To you the breath of this dying youth? Is there any
Secret communication between angels that will carry to
You my complaint?


Where are you, my beautiful star? The obscurity of life
Has cast me upon its bosom; sorrow has conquered me.


Sail your smile into the air; it will reach and enliven me!
Breathe your fragrance into the air; it will sustain me!


Where are you, me beloved?
Oh, how great is Love!
And how little am I!


Comments about A Lover's Call Xxvii by Khalil Gibran

  • The wind (3/10/2020 2:01:00 AM)

    Not even in my wildest dreams could I fathom that such a miracle of such proportion could ever happen. Innumer.able blessing countless in number so praise to the Almighty for his zillion gifts....and HE hasandxwill reign forever(Report)Reply

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/7/2019 6:13:00 AM)

    An awesome rendition of words from the heart. Lovely and very passionate.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/16/2019 1:09:00 AM)

    You are God's spirit everywhere;
    You are stronger than the ages.


    Do you have memory of the day we met, when the halo of
    You spirit surrounded us, and the Angels of Love
    Floated about, singing the praise of the soul's deed?


    Do you recollect our sitting in the shade of the
    Branches, sheltering ourselves from Humanity, as the ribs
    Protect the divine secret of the heart from injury?



    great one great write

    great 10++++++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Farha (4/28/2019 11:47:00 AM)

    Nice poem ever(Report)Reply

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (3/26/2019 7:06:00 AM)

    Amazing poetry by the amazing Poet.(Report)Reply

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  • Dorji Wangchuk (10/25/2018 10:55:00 AM)

    So beautiful lines(Report)Reply

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  • Mary SkarpathiotakiMary Skarpathiotaki (9/2/2018 6:39:00 PM)

    Excellent................10+++++++++++++++++++++
    .......(Report)Reply

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  • mahima khatun (7/24/2018 12:58:00 AM)

    this is good(Report)Reply

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  • Faith thomas (6/3/2018 9:42:00 PM)

    Ok thanks so much again for your help(Report)Reply

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  • Ashok (6/3/2018 9:22:00 PM)

    How great is love How little am I(Report)Reply

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  • Michael adewale (5/16/2018 10:43:00 PM)

    This is long and not boring(Report)Reply

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  • Gamel Issaku (5/7/2018 6:53:00 AM)

    great work.so amazing(Report)Reply

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  • Andy J HaleAndy J Hale (4/24/2018 10:47:00 PM)

    Well done! I enjoyed this poem very much.(Report)Reply

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  • Marieta MaglasMarieta Maglas (4/24/2018 6:14:00 PM)

    You are God's spirit everywhere;
    You are stronger than the ages. - wonderful love poem. Voted 10.(Report)Reply

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/24/2018 1:41:00 PM)

    Love and art! ! ! !

    Where are you my beloved? !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.(Report)Reply

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  • Sylvia Frances ChanSylvia Frances Chan (4/24/2018 10:23:00 AM)

    Most Beautiful words ever in a love poem. Congratulations as the Classic Poem of The Day to the Inheritants of Khalil Gibran. Poems as these remain ageless.(Report)Reply

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  • Otevia AndrewOtevia Andrew (4/24/2018 7:44:00 AM)

    ...our heads leaning against each other, as if
    We were hiding ourselves within ourselves? True love knows no fear; the hearts and souls of lovers nest there.(Report)Reply

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  • Deepak Kumar Pattanayak (4/24/2018 4:26:00 AM)

    The best ever on love expressed so beautifully...........outstanding.......thanks for sharing(Report)Reply

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  • Gajanan MishraGajanan Mishra (4/24/2018 4:08:00 AM)

    how great is love! how little am I!(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/24/2018 2:41:00 AM)

    Oh companion of my soul, where are you? Are you
    Praying in the temple? Or calling Nature in the
    Field, haven of your dreams? .........oh how great is love. a great poem. . tony(Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004