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Freedom Xiv - Poem by Khalil Gibran

And an orator said, "Speak to us of Freedom."

And he answered:

At the city gate and by your fireside I have seen you prostrate yourself and worship your own freedom,

Even as slaves humble themselves before a tyrant and praise him though he slays them.

Ay, in the grove of the temple and in the shadow of the citadel I have seen the freest among you wear their freedom as a yoke and a handcuff.

And my heart bled within me; for you can only be free when even the desire of seeking freedom becomes a harness to you, and when you cease to speak of freedom as a goal and a fulfillment.

You shall be free indeed when your days are not without a care nor your nights without a want and a grief,

But rather when these things girdle your life and yet you rise above them naked and unbound.

And how shall you rise beyond your days and nights unless you break the chains which you at the dawn of your understanding have fastened around your noon hour?

In truth that which you call freedom is the strongest of these chains, though its links glitter in the sun and dazzle the eyes.

And what is it but fragments of your own self you would discard that you may become free?

If it is an unjust law you would abolish, that law was written with your own hand upon your own forehead.

You cannot erase it by burning your law books nor by washing the foreheads of your judges, though you pour the sea upon them.

And if it is a despot you would dethrone, see first that his throne erected within you is destroyed.

For how can a tyrant rule the free and the proud, but for a tyranny in their own freedom and a shame in their won pride?

And if it is a care you would cast off, that care has been chosen by you rather than imposed upon you.

And if it is a fear you would dispel, the seat of that fear is in your heart and not in the hand of the feared.

Verily all things move within your being in constant half embrace, the desired and the dreaded, the repugnant and the cherished, the pursued and that which you would escape.

These things move within you as lights and shadows in pairs that cling.

And when the shadow fades and is no more, the light that lingers becomes a shadow to another light.

And thus your freedom when it loses its fetters becomes itself the fetter of a greater freedom.


Comments about Freedom Xiv by Khalil Gibran

  • Gold Star - 73,451 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/26/2016 10:13:00 AM)

    So beautiful thoughts in the poem. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 65,910 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 4:17:00 PM)

    ....beautiful thoughts on freedom ★ (Report) Reply

  • Rookie Séamas Ó Súilleabháin (1/11/2010 10:07:00 PM)

    One can employ these words in overcoming personal struggles.
    Our own inferiorities, weakness and assumed flaws.

    At times, I find the likes of Whitman and Gibran to be presented as doctrines as opposed to poetry. (Report) Reply

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Poems About Freedom

  1. 1. Freedom Xiv , Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. Freedom Of Love , Andre Breton
  3. 3. Freedom , Charles Bukowski
  4. 4. Freedom , Ambrose Bierce
  5. 5. Freedom And Love , Thomas Campbell
  6. 6. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Freedom , Helen Hunt Jackson
  8. 8. Freedom Is Never Free , James Grengs
  9. 9. Freedom On The Wallaby , Henry Lawson
  10. 10. Freedom Freedom Freedom , gajanan mishra
  11. 11. Freedom Is Walking , Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. Freedom Of Speech , Joseph T. Renaldi
  13. 13. Of Old Sat Freedom On The Heights , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  14. 14. Freedom , Bill Simmons
  15. 15. Freedom Of Choice , Scarlet .....
  16. 16. Contemporary Freedom , Sylvia Chidi
  17. 17. I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  18. 18. Freedom Is, Freedom Is Never , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  19. 19. A Fight For Freedom , Marilyn Lott
  20. 20. On The Question Of Freedom , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  21. 21. Freedom Of Choice , Linda Ori
  22. 22. Freedom At Midnight , Sathya Narayana
  23. 23. The True Meaning Of Freedom , Francis Duggan
  24. 24. Lost Freedom , Sylvia Chidi
  25. 25. Four Freedoms: Freedom From Fear , Jonathan ROBIN
  26. 26. Freedom Train (Part One) , Frank Bana
  27. 27. Sweet Freedom , Faith Elizabeth Brigham
  28. 28. Freedom , Christal Carpenter
  29. 29. Taste Of Freedom , Max Reif
  30. 30. They Say We Must Fight To Keep Our Freedom , Thampi KEE
  31. 31. He Gave His Life For Freedom , Ted Sheridan
  32. 32. Haiku - Freedom , john tiong chunghoo
  33. 33. Not Freedom Fighters , Francis Duggan
  34. 34. Iraqi Freedom , Francis Duggan
  35. 35. Wanted Freedom , Otteri Selvakumar
  36. 36. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India , Raja Basu
  37. 37. On Being Bound By The Freedom Of Express.. , Amberlee Carter
  38. 38. Freedom , Adryan Rotica
  39. 39. Freedom Oh Freedom , Peter S. Quinn
  40. 40. Native Freedom , Jonathan ROBIN
  41. 41. My Fight For Irish Freedom , Francis Duggan
  42. 42. Freedom , Eman Elbadawi
  43. 43. Freedom , Flying Lemming
  44. 44. Freedom , John Barbour
  45. 45. Stars Of Freedom , Bobby Sands
  46. 46. My Freedom, Your Freedom , Prabhakar Sarma Neog
  47. 47. India’s Freedom After Freedom , Dr. A.Celestine Raj Manohar ..
  48. 48. Freedom And My Freedom , MOHAMMAD SKATI
  49. 49. Dream Freedom Freedom Ferment , Terence George Craddock (aft ..
  50. 50. An Egyptian Freedom Falcon Flies Battle .. , Terence George Craddock (Spe ..
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