Khalil Gibran

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

On Death - Poem by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke, saying, 'We would ask now of Death.'
And he said:
You would know the secret of death.
But how shall you find it unless you seek it in the heart of life?
The owl whose night-bound eyes are blind unto the day cannot unveil the mystery of light.
If you would indeed behold the spirit of death, open your heart wide unto the body of life.
For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one.
In the depth of your hopes and desires lies your silent knowledge of the beyond;
And like seeds dreaming beneath the snow your heart dreams of spring.
Trust the dreams, for in them is hidden the gate to eternity.
Your fear of death is but the trembling of the shepherd when he stands before the king whose hand is to be laid upon him in honour.
Is the shepherd not joyful beneath his trembling, that he shall wear the mark of the king?
Yet is he not more mindful of his trembling?
For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing.
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance.

Comments about On Death by Khalil Gibran

  • (10/26/2016 11:44:00 PM)

    Finding secret of death in the heart of life. What a fantastic conceptualization! Thanks for sharing it here. (Report) Reply

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  • (10/26/2016 8:49:00 PM)

    Apparently the singing, scaling and dancing in life are as nothing in comparison. (Report) Reply

  • Amar Agarwala (10/26/2016 8:22:00 PM)

    Astonishing, stunning, subtle like pure magic... Gibran, was a sorcerer and his verses can enchant the Gods. (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (10/26/2016 9:39:00 AM)

    Lovely poem. Puts restless mind at once at peace. (Report) Reply

  • Babatunde Aremu (10/26/2016 7:05:00 AM)

    A wonderful poem. The poet usage of simile and metaphor is captivating. I like to read it all over again and again. Kudos! (Report) Reply

  • Kenneth Maswabi (10/26/2016 4:52:00 AM)

    On Death
    What a lovely poem full of life and death. For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one. It is a celebration of Life, there will never be life without death. Thank you Khalil Gibran for this beautiful masterpiece. (Report) Reply

  • Bisy Untan (10/26/2016 2:03:00 AM)

    Great poet makes us even love death! ! Extending a flower of reverence to the great soul! ! (Report) Reply

  • Bernard F. Asuncion (10/26/2016 1:32:00 AM)

    And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb.
    Congrats for being selected for the day... (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (10/26/2016 12:54:00 AM)

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

  • Mehta Hasmukh Amathalal (10/25/2016 11:59:00 PM)

    so nice.. beautifully penned..10

    For peaceful end

    Once we know about no escape
    It will put tap on our lips
    We shall always wait for peaceful end
    With satisfaction to reach divine end
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  • Thabani Khumalo (6/16/2015 9:14:00 AM)

    I have a vision to write like this, only if god would bless me enough to.ah1 (Report) Reply

  • Fiona Schwartzinoff (1/21/2014 9:17:00 PM)

    So amazing! Why has no one commented on this...? This is incredible! (Report) Reply

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010

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