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

  • June Sebaste Ross (5/19/2020 11:36:00 AM)

    I had several of Gibran’s books but my favorite was always The Prophet. He wrote with such eloquence and every time I read his books, it was new all over again. He was a brilliant, insightful and religious man.(Report)Reply

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  • Livelihood (5/16/2020 8:08:00 PM)

    salute the woman(Report)Reply

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (3/10/2020 11:24:00 PM)

    there is insightful thought
    yeah
    you are you
    he is he and she is she
    son is son though from mother but mother's ownership
    rightly the daughter

    yeah
    in this wold everyone has own thought to live independently
    everyone has own thoughtful direction about life
    no one has right to interfere in this regards.....(Report)Reply

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  • Douglas Scotney (3/10/2020 8:18:00 PM)

    and loves the sharpshooter most(Report)Reply

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  • Rajnish MangaRajnish Manga (3/10/2020 9:56:00 AM)

    Portrayal of parent-child relationship in a unique way. Thanks.(Report)Reply

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (3/10/2020 8:34:00 AM)

    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, ......so touching and true. A beautiful poem is well executed.(Report)Reply

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  • rocky 2 (3/10/2020 8:26:00 AM)

    fantastic poem, fantastic imagery(Report)Reply

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/10/2020 5:10:00 AM)

    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.
    The great Khalil Gibran(Report)Reply

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (3/10/2020 1:44:00 AM)

    One thing I find in Khalil Gibran's poetry is the freshness of ideas and newer approach.
    This one is no exception.(Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/16/2019 1:10:00 AM)

    hey 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,

    superb
    fantastic writing
    great 10++++++++++++++++(Report)Reply

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  • Spicy Boi (5/26/2019 11:53:00 PM)

    I don't eat spicy food because it kills the baby inside me every time.Already ReportedReply

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  • Godiah Imbukuleh (3/3/2019 8:56:00 AM)

    True...kids have their own future.(Report)Reply

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  • Rejoice jacob (8/16/2018 7:12:00 PM)

    WOW :o i love this poem is realy educative.(Report)Reply

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  • Rejoice jacob (8/16/2018 7:11:00 PM)

    WOW :o i love this poem is realy educative.(Report)Reply

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  • Yudharshan (7/29/2018 1:32:00 AM)

    Nice poem especially for kids who enjoy by reading this poem . Nice rhyming couplets.(Report)Reply

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  • Prince Ali Aamir Khan (6/30/2018 6:48:00 AM)

    Great Fantastic(Report)Reply

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  • Parisa (5/5/2018 9:55:00 PM)

    Great Agree completely(Report)Reply

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  • Rahul (3/4/2018 10:31:00 AM)

    Too sensitive in his thoughts(Report)Reply

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  • Bipasha DBipasha D (12/16/2017 9:26:00 PM)

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

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

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

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Poem Submitted: Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Poem Edited: Wednesday, January 7, 2015