Khalil Gibran

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

Friendship Ixx - Poem by Khalil Gibran

And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."

Your friend is your needs answered.

He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving.

And he is your board and your fireside.

For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay."

And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not;

For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught.

And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also.

For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live.

For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.


Comments about Friendship Ixx by Khalil Gibran

  • Mahtab Bangalee (3/13/2019 1:53:00 AM)

    excellent expression of friendship-

    He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving
    // its life like
    Yeah, the friend is the field of mind, the yard of happiness, the world of every out and in spoken thoughts that a loving mentality always be grateful to its all activities out of harm.
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  • (2/21/2019 12:08:00 PM)

    what is the theme and tone used in this poem (Report)Reply

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  • (2/12/2019 3:13:00 PM)

    This is s wonderful, incitefull poem. When we find this it must be valued. (Report)Reply

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (11/10/2018 8:46:00 AM)

    Simply beautiful, that's it. A friend need be well aware of the ebb and flow in our life........ (Report)Reply

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  • Jez Brul (6/26/2018 8:26:00 PM)

    A vivid declaration of the real essence of friendship....Best guide for all. (Report)Reply

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  • (3/7/2018 7:26:00 PM)

    That was amazing Proops to the creator😁🌈 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/22/2018 5:20:00 PM)

    Very touching everytime 💜 (Report)Reply

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  • (1/18/2018 2:15:00 PM)

    just love his written words and books (Report)Reply

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  • Mary Skarpathiotaki (12/13/2017 4:59:00 AM)

    What a beautiful poem! Just wonderful! A great poem (Report)Reply

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  • (8/10/2017 2:20:00 AM)

    A great poem. A small question here

    For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

    What does it mean?
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  • Tapan M. Saren (4/9/2017 5:03:00 AM)

    Wow! What a beautiful poem! Just wonderful! (Report)Reply

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  • Subhas Chandra Chakra (5/7/2016 1:30:00 AM)

    And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

    For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.
    Beautiful and philosophy of friendship is clearly explained.
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  • Kelechi Evans (3/20/2016 12:00:00 PM)

    Yes a friend in need (Report)Reply

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  • Madhabi Banerjee (3/18/2016 2:15:00 PM)

    awesome! one of my favourite poem. (Report)Reply

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  • (12/1/2015 5:05:00 AM)

    one of the wisest, most lucent poem on the topic
    thanks!
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  • Elisabeth Wingle (10/12/2015 3:31:00 PM)

    For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

    Seek him always with hours to live.
    Seek him always with hours to live., I love this line, we must remember to treasure our friends!
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  • (8/10/2015 3:28:00 PM)

    ....a beautiful dedication to friendship ★ (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004



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