Khalil Gibran

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

Children - Poem by Khalil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, 'Speak to us of Children.'

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

Topic(s) of this poem: children

Comments about Children by Khalil Gibran

  • (3/4/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    Too sensitive in his thoughts (Report) Reply

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  • Bipasha D (12/16/2017 9:26:00 PM)

    A must read poem. My all time favorite. (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (12/15/2017 4:56:00 PM)

    Profound thoughts married to living breathing images- - (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2017 4:18:00 PM)

    From all the possible denominations I cherish the fact I have the same as this man. My grandparents came from Lebanon and I always ask my Dad Who is more romantic the French or the Lebanese I have tried to set his poems to music but they need none. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (12/15/2017 3:34:00 PM)

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

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (12/15/2017 12:17:00 PM)

    The Prophet brought to us again. Thanks for the sharing. (Report) Reply

  • (12/15/2017 9:49:00 AM)

    Life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday. Great truth. (Report) Reply

  • Anil Kumar Panda (12/15/2017 9:03:00 AM)

    A beauty from a great poet. Love to read such type of poetry. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Glen Kappy (12/15/2017 8:26:00 AM)

    If any of you reading this are not already familiar with it, go to Youtube and listen to a sung version of this by the group Sweet Honey in the Rock. -GK (Report) Reply

  • Jayatissa K. Liyanage (12/15/2017 7:21:00 AM)

    I had read this years before with delight. I also have translated this sensational poem in to my mother tongue. Still I am enjoying this philosophical poem. Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Ruta Mohapatra (12/15/2017 4:09:00 AM)

    Beautiful lyrics! Thanks for sharing. (Report) Reply

  • Geeta Radhakrishna Menon (12/15/2017 4:00:00 AM)

    Wisdom - Thy name is Khalil Gibran!
    Beautiful Poem
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  • (12/15/2017 2:11:00 AM)

    The very truth has been spelt out here for the children are the future, living arrows, and their souls live in the house of tomorrow.......every word of which spelt cheer, pleasure, faith, hopefulness for children living with the bow which needs to be stable........outstanding piece scripted brilliantly.......thanks for sharing (Report) Reply

  • Laurie Van Der Hart (12/15/2017 1:41:00 AM)

    Beautifully written, profound thoughts which I shall put into my internal favourites list. (Report) Reply

  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (9/23/2017 9:28:00 PM)

    The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

    A rare yet most beautiful advice to parents on up binging kids.
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  • (5/14/2017 9:11:00 PM)

    Part of THE PROPHET (Report) Reply

  • Prabhata Kumar Sahoo (4/27/2017 12:12:00 PM)

    Nearly one century back, this type of educational poetry was written.Just amazing and now-a-days this type masterpiece is rare to be seen. (Report) Reply

  • Tapan M. Saren (4/25/2017 4:41:00 AM)

    Wow! I'm speechless after reading the poem. What a mastery of Gibran! (Report) Reply

  • Indira Renganathan (11/17/2016 12:38:00 AM)

    Speechless...How effortlessly flow the words to craft this great Truth...every parent and every child if grasp the
    purport of this poem, then there will never arise any misunderstanding between them..indeed a good thinking...
    full marks 10
    (Report) Reply

  • (9/16/2016 8:17:00 AM)

    Wonderful imagination about the child and parent relations. (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 7, 2015

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