poet Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

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Beauty Xxv

And a poet said, 'Speak to us of Beauty.'

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?

And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

The aggrieved and the injured say, 'Beauty is kind and gentle.

Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.'

And the passionate say, 'Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.

Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.'

The tired and the weary say, 'beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.

Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.'

But the restless say, 'We have heard her shouting among the mountains,

And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.'

At night the watchmen of the city say, 'Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.'

And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, 'we have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.'

In winter say the snow-bound, 'She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.'

And in the summer heat the reapers say, 'We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.'

All these things have you said of beauty.

Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,

And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,

But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.

It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,

But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Topic(s) of this poem: beauty

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004
Poem Edited: Thursday, November 27, 2014

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  • Richard AntwiRichard Antwi (6/30/2020 4:27:00 AM)

    Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?
    Beauty might only be found in the eyes of the beholder.

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  • Kesav EaswaranKesav Easwaran (12/24/2019 10:20:00 AM)

    Beauty is with in. She lives in your perception. Great words. Beautiful poem

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  • Chinedu DikeChinedu Dike (11/7/2019 6:16:00 AM)

    An insightful creation set aside for sober reflection. A beautiful work of art.

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/14/2019 7:08:00 PM)

    Outstanding poetry by Khalil.

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  • Susan WilliamsSusan Williams (4/4/2018 5:48:00 PM)

    Beauty is also a poem by Khalil Gibran

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  • Bhaskar bas (2/8/2018 6:53:00 AM)

    The way gibran expresses his feelings for his every miniature around him made me to read his poems

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  • Sir Kb (1/7/2018 2:31:00 AM)

    Add a comment. My goodness

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  • colloh.. (12/11/2017 2:33:00 PM)

    wah this just described the real her..powerful

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  • Sakalabaktula SairajSakalabaktula Sairaj (10/31/2017 5:25:00 AM)

    so nice but i could not able to understand it

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  • Subhas Chandra ChakraSubhas Chandra Chakra (9/23/2017 9:18:00 PM)

    Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.'

    What a description of beauty!

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  • Av Parekh (8/6/2017 9:26:00 PM)

    And this is beauty...no words

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  • Av Parekh (8/6/2017 9:25:00 PM)

    And this is beauty....no words

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  • Tapan M. SarenTapan M. Saren (4/25/2017 4:54:00 AM)

    I just don't know what to say about this poem! Outstanding...!

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  • Alisha CastleAlisha Castle (12/4/2016 12:24:00 PM)

    Nice written poetry and beautifully blended.

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  • Madhabi BanerjeeMadhabi Banerjee (7/13/2016 1:05:00 PM)

    I have no word to express simply I OFFER A GREAT SALUTE

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (3/24/2016 7:36:00 AM)

    She speaks in our spirit. Nice piece of work.

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  • Ahammad KabeerAhammad Kabeer (3/13/2016 5:10:00 AM)

    At night the watchmen of the city say, 'Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east... Like this line

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  • Ahammad KabeerAhammad Kabeer (2/28/2016 1:50:00 PM)

    he always amazed us with his words.. this word i like the most from this And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

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  • Muhammad ImtiyazMuhammad Imtiyaz (1/1/2016 10:15:00 AM)

    highly appreciable......

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (12/31/2015 7:10:00 AM)

    Philosophy at its best....The beauty spoke to us and we realised it.....Nice one Sir.

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