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Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii - Poem by Khalil Gibran

Then a woman said, "Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow."

And he answered:

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.


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    and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.. so nicely done (Report) Reply

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  • Silver Star - 3,177 Points Kshirod Kumar Dehury (12/4/2017 7:49:00 AM)

    i like this poem, i enjoy in your poem thanks for sharing.10+++ (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 4,549 Points Bisy Untan (11/5/2016 9:01:00 AM)

    A humble bow to the philosopher poet. (Report) Reply

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    I like the way you have flamed your words. Nice write (Report) Reply

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    ...very nice, beautiful metaphors of joy and sorrow ★ (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Jaime Mackey (3/18/2013 11:23:00 AM)

    Wow, beautiful. That is all I can say about this poem. The man is a philosopher, a deep thinker, that with imagery relays his messages to others easing their burdens with the soft tones of his words and style, with accepting life, the good and bad as it comes, as inevitable and both for the greater good. (Report) Reply

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Joy Poems
  1. 1. Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii
    Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. The Death Of Joy Gardner
    Benjamin Zephaniah
  3. 3. Infant Joy
    William Blake
  4. 4. A Daily Joy To Be Alive
    Jimmy Santiago Baca
  5. 5. Blank Joy
    Rainer Maria Rilke
  6. 6. *** And You Will Shed Tears Of Joy ***
    ANJALI SINHA
  7. 7. Joy And Pleasure
    William Henry Davies
  8. 8. Joy
    Sara Teasdale
  9. 9. Joy
    Ella Wheeler Wilcox
  10. 10. Joy
    Carl Sandburg
  11. 11. Surprised By Joy
    William Wordsworth
  12. 12. The Joy Of Being
    Sandra Fowler
  13. 13. Songs Of Joy
    William Henry Davies
  14. 14. My Dearest Frank, I Wish You Joy
    Jane Austen
  15. 15. Hymn To Joy
    Friedrich Schiller
  16. 16. One Hour To Madness And Joy
    Walt Whitman
  17. 17. Morning Joy
    Claude McKay
  18. 18. Joy, Shipmate, Joy!
    Walt Whitman
  19. 19. Hymn Of Joy
    Henry Van Dyke
  20. 20. Interval Of Joy
    Giorgos Seferis
  21. 21. 'Tis So Much Joy!
    Emily Dickinson
  22. 22. Sadness And Joy
    William Henry Davies
  23. 23. Joy And Peace In Believing
    John Newton
  24. 24. Work And Joy
    Robert William Service
  25. 25. Stanzas For Music: There's Not A Joy The..
    George Gordon Byron
  26. 26. Joy And Peace In Believing
    William Cowper
  27. 27. "An Old Man Search For Joy"
    Kelvin Broadwater
  28. 28. Joy And Sorrow
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  29. 29. Sonnet Xli: Why Do I Speak Of Joy
    Michael Drayton
  30. 30. * A Joy
    Samanyan Lakshminarayanan
  31. 31. Mischievous Joy
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  32. 32. Joy-Bells
    Siegfried Sassoon
  33. 33. * A Joy!
    Deva De Silva
  34. 34. (728) Christmas Joy
    Melvina Germain
  35. 35. Joy
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  36. 36. This World's Joy
    Anonymous
  37. 37. Persuasions To Joy, A Song
    Thomas Carew
  38. 38. ' Joy And Peace And Love '
    Carmela Patterson
  39. 39. The Joy Of Little Things
    Robert William Service
  40. 40. Love, Joy, Peace And Presence
    Christian Eliab Ratnam
  41. 41. Peacock Story 9 - Joy Of Joys
    Alison Cassidy
  42. 42. Joy In Joy
    Vishal Kumar
  43. 43. A Life Without Joy
    GREENWOLFE 1962
  44. 44. The Joy Of Childhood
    George Darley
  45. 45. Jaloppy Joy
    Robert William Service
  46. 46. 0017 And Where The Joy
    Michael Shepherd
  47. 47. My Simple Joy
    Meggie Gultiano
  48. 48. (708) Joy Of Christmas
    Melvina Germain
  49. 49. A Child Brings Joy
    Theresa Ann Moore
  50. 50. Joy In Heaven
    Henry Clay Work

Joy Poems

  1. Infant Joy

    'I have no name; I am but two days old.' What shall I call thee? 'I happy am, Joy is my name.' Sweet joy befall thee! Pretty joy! Sweet joy, but two days old. Sweet Joy I call thee: Thou dost smile, I sing the while; Sweet joy befall thee!

  2. Blank Joy

    She who did not come, wasn't she determined nonetheless to organize and decorate my heart? If we had to exist to become the one we love, what would the heart have to create? Lovely joy left blank, perhaps you are the center of all my labors and my loves. If I've wept for you so much, it's because I preferred you among so many outlined joys.

  3. A Daily Joy To Be Alive

    No matter how serene things may be in my life, how well things are going, my body and soul are two cliff peaks from which a dream of who I can be falls, and I must learn to fly again each day, or die. Death draws respect and fear from the living. Death offers no false starts. It is not a referee with a pop-gun at the startling of a hundred yard dash. I do not live to retrieve or multiply what my father lost or gained. I continually find myself in the ruins of new beginnings, uncoiling the rope of my life to descend ever deeper into unknown abysses, tying my heart into a knot round a tree or boulder, to insure I have something that will hold me, that will not let me fall. My heart has many thorn-studded slits of flame springing from the red candle jars. My dreams flicker and twist on the altar of this earth, light wrestling with darkness, light radiating into darkness, to widen my day blue, and all that is wax melts in the flame- I can see treetops!

  4. The Death Of Joy Gardner

    They put a leather belt around her 13 feet of tape and bound her Handcuffs to secure her And only God knows what else, She's illegal, so deport her Said the Empire that brought her She died, Nobody killed her And she never killed herself. It is our job to make her Return to Jamaica Said the Alien Deporters Who deports people like me, It was said she had a warning That the officers were calling On that deadly July morning As her young son watched TV. An officer unplugged the phone Mother and child were now alone When all they wanted was a home A child watch Mummy die, No matter what the law may say A mother should not die this way Let human rights come into play And to everyone apply. I know not of a perfect race I know not of a perfect place I know this is not a simple case Of Yardies on the move, We must talk some Race Relations With the folks from immigration About this kind of deportation If things are to improve. Let it go down in history The word is that officially She died democratically In 13 feet of tape, That Christian was over here Because pirates were over there The Bible sent us everywhere To make Great Britain great. Here lies the extradition squad And we should all now pray to God That as they go about their job They make not one mistake, For I fear as I walk the streets That one day I just may meet Officials who may tie my feet And how would I escape. I see my people demonstrating And educated folks debating The way they're separating The elder from the youth, When all they are demanding Is a little overstanding They too have family planning Now their children want the truth. As I move around I am eyeing So many poets crying And so many poets trying To articulate the grief, I cannot help but wonder How the alien deporters (As they said to press reporters) Can feel absolute relief.

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