Khalil Gibran

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

On Pain - Poem by Khalil Gibran

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.


Comments about On Pain by Khalil Gibran

  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (11/26/2019 10:13:00 PM)

    I visited again, such a beautiful poem, such novel ideas. (Report)Reply

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  • sjsndusuwhwuwbwuw (10/7/2019 1:23:00 PM)

    I like it I am wating for another poem (Report)Reply

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  • Hghhhgh (9/10/2019 8:26:00 AM)

    It was the first of two major (Report)Reply

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  • Sunny (9/10/2019 8:25:00 AM)

    Sexy one (Report)Reply

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/16/2019 1:08:00 AM)

    Much of your pain is self-chosen.

    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
    you heals your sick self.

    Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
    in silence and tranquillity:

    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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  • with a rocket launcher (5/26/2019 11:55:00 PM)

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMM! (Report)Reply

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  • Nkululeko MduduNkululeko Mdudu (4/24/2019 2:36:00 AM)

    One of the best 20th century thinkers! (Report)Reply

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  • Nkululeko MduduNkululeko Mdudu (4/24/2019 2:22:00 AM)

    beautiful imagery, brave theme. one of the finest thinkers of the 20th century (Report)Reply

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  • Iftekhar ifti (2/20/2019 1:52:00 PM)

    One of the finest work of Coleridge (Report)Reply

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (10/12/2018 5:50:00 AM)

    'And you would accept the seasons of your heart'.....A beautiful way of putting the changing emotions of the heart! (Report)Reply

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  • Lavender (10/5/2018 4:35:00 PM)

    Add a comment. Pain demands to be felt (Report)Reply

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  • Lavender (10/5/2018 4:34:00 PM)

    Add a comment. Pain demands to be felt (Report)Reply

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  • Andrew Security Screens (8/20/2018 11:56:00 PM)

    Bad work give up on your life.! ! ! ! (Report)Reply

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  • Lily IvesLily Ives (7/4/2018 10:34:00 PM)

    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity. Our culture promotes avoidance of pain, yet there are times that call for tranquil rest until pain dissipates. Without pain, we wouldn't recognise sickness until it's too late. Gorgeous poem from Khalil! (Report)Reply

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  • Narayanan Kutty PozhathNarayanan Kutty Pozhath (4/25/2018 3:15:00 AM)

    Pain is multi faceted. However you try it will come back. (Report)Reply

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  • Nishisen (4/15/2018 2:49:00 AM)

    All time favaroute n fend try to read broken wings (Report)Reply

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  • Raysahab (2/4/2018 9:44:00 AM)

    Beauty poem but no a enlightened men Khalil but I love his poetry (Report)Reply

    susan powel(3/6/2020 8:40:00 AM)

    not an enlightened man? this is some bullshit political comment

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  • Carol Thebarge (1/23/2018 8:15:00 PM)

    How well I know.. thank you Kahlil.. I identify in totality.. [3 (Report)Reply

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  • SKHOTHANE KHOTHA (12/19/2017 10:09:00 AM)

    Add a comment. Why is my life so bed like this (Report)Reply

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  • Casey S (12/18/2017 12:22:00 PM)

    Good Lord brother What a powerful arrangement and profoundly true This is literary gold (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004

Poem Edited: Saturday, July 9, 2005


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