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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

  • Rookie Sir Kb (1/7/2018 1:49:00 AM)

    Add a comment. “words are weapon, with it a slave can free himƴher sefl“.Good job freedom fighter. (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 8,914 Points Abhimanyu Kumar.s (11/29/2017 6:56:00 PM)

    Freedom is when everyone is free. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 74,345 Points Gangadharan Nair Pulingat (3/26/2016 10:13:00 AM)

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