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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 - 71,429 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 - 65,374 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 , Charles Bukowski
  3. 3. Freedom Of Love , Andre Breton
  4. 4. Freedom , Ambrose Bierce
  5. 5. Freedom Is Never Free , James Grengs
  6. 6. A Sad State Of Freedom , Nazim Hikmet
  7. 7. Freedom And Love , Thomas Campbell
  8. 8. Freedom At Midnight , Sathya Narayana
  9. 9. Freedom , Helen Hunt Jackson
  10. 10. Freedom On The Wallaby , Henry Lawson
  11. 11. I Prefer The Gorgeous Freedom , Aleksandr Aleksandrovich Blok
  12. 12. Freedom In Cage , yashar rezaeipour
  13. 13. X Absolute Freedom , ONElia AVElar
  14. 14. Freedom , Christal Carpenter
  15. 15. Of Old Sat Freedom On The Heights , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  16. 16. Freedom Of Choice , Linda Ori
  17. 17. Freedom From Love......................... , JESSICA MASON
  18. 18. Freedom Is Walking , Sylvia Chidi
  19. 19. Freedom From The Self , Renu Rakheja a.k.a Tranquil ..
  20. 20. In Search Of Freedom , Sathya Narayana
  21. 21. (3.25) Freedom (1960's) , Karl Stuart Kline
  22. 22. Freedom , Kevin Deckert
  23. 23. Freedom Of Choice , Scarlet .....
  24. 24. Freedom In Your Marriage? , Richard Merrell
  25. 25. A Fight For Freedom , Marilyn Lott
  26. 26. Freedom , John Barbour
  27. 27. 0015 On The Mental Freedom Of Old Age , Michael Shepherd
  28. 28. My Wings Of Freedom , Mary Nagy
  29. 29. The Dream Of Freedom , Owen Suffolk
  30. 30. A Freedom Fighter , Alancia Lebogang Mogorosi
  31. 31. (115) Spirit Of Freedom , premji premji
  32. 32. On The Question Of Freedom , Yevgeny Yevtushenko
  33. 33. One Minute Of Freedom , William Cook
  34. 34. Lost Freedom , Sylvia Chidi
  35. 35. Freedom Is, Freedom Is Never , MELVIN BANGGOLLAY
  36. 36. Taste Of Freedom , Max Reif
  37. 37. Prison Bars-And Freedom! , Scarlett Treat
  38. 38. 0010 Poemhunter And The Simplicity Of Fr.. , Michael Shepherd
  39. 39. A Homage To The Freedom Fighters Of India , Raja Basu
  40. 40. War + Lives Add Love = Freedom , Dave Tanguay
  41. 41. The Price Of Freedom , Callum Kyle
  42. 42. Stars Of Freedom , Bobby Sands
  43. 43. Freedom? , Clover West
  44. 44. Contemporary Freedom , Sylvia Chidi
  45. 45. Freedom Freedom Freedom , gajanan mishra
  46. 46. Freedom , arundhati sinha
  47. 47. I Want My Freedom Back , Nadalia Bagratuni
  48. 48. Freedom , Adryan Rotica
  49. 49. Freedom , Hannah Hampton
  50. 50. Freedom , Jen Huan
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