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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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  • Veteran Poet - 1,030 Points Louemile Rosch Mangulabnan (5/9/2019 12:05:00 AM)

    Then a woman said, " Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow." (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair(DPN) (11/17/2018 6:51:00 AM)

    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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  • Gold Star - 10,220 Points Charity Nduhiu (8/12/2015 11:52:00 PM)

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

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  • Gold Star - 66,041 Points * Sunprincess * (8/10/2015 4:27:00 PM)

    ...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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Sorrow Poems
  1. 1. Joy And Sorrow Chapter Viii
    Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. Infant Sorrow
    William Blake
  3. 3. On Another's Sorrow
    William Blake
  4. 4. The Sorrow Of Love
    William Butler Yeats
  5. 5. Kin To Sorrow
    Edna St. Vincent Millay
  6. 6. Lays Of Sorrow
    Lewis Carroll
  7. 7. Sorrow
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  8. 8. Guilt And Sorrow
    William Wordsworth
  9. 9. Song Of Unending Sorrow.
    Bai Juyi
  10. 10. No To Sorrow
    Hasmukh Amathalal
  11. 11. In Sorrow
    Lovina Sylvia Chidi
  12. 12. In Memoriam 3: O Sorrow, Cruel Fellowship
    Alfred Lord Tennyson
  13. 13. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! * Untold Grip ..
    Dr subhendu kar
  14. 14. Interlude: Songs Out Of Sorrow
    Sara Teasdale
  15. 15. The Bullets Of Sorrow
    Dr Hitesh Sheth
  16. 16. A Secret Sorrow
    Seema Chowdhury
  17. 17. Sorrow
    David Herbert Lawrence
  18. 18. The Wind Of Sorrow
    Henry Van Dyke
  19. 19. Sorrow
    Algernon Charles Swinburne
  20. 20. Bare Eyes Crack With Sorrow
    Sandra Fowler
  21. 21. Joy And Sorrow
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  22. 22. Free Verse Personification Poem- Sorrow ..
    Chantelle Clark
  23. 23. *barren Walls Of Sorrow
    Bonnie Collins
  24. 24. The Bliss Of Sorrow
    Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  25. 25. Sorrow
    Li Ching Chao
  26. 26. Sorrow Of Departure
    Li Ching Chao
  27. 27. Has Sorrow Thy Young Days Shaded
    Thomas Moore
  28. 28. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *flings Of Sorrow ..
    Dr subhendu kar
  29. 29. Sorrow
    Mariah Whitfield
  30. 30. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ***joy And Sorrow*..
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  31. 31. *for A Friend In Time Of Her Constant So..
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  32. 32. What Sorrow Has Befallen Me
  33. 33. Sorrow
    Dillon Crawford
  34. 34. I'Ll Not Confer With Sorrow
    Thomas Bailey Aldrich
  35. 35. Though The Last Glimpse Of Erin With Sor..
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  36. 36. Sorrow
    David Kowalczyk
  37. 37. In Joy And Sorrow
    Maria C. Pires Costa
  38. 38. Sweet Sorrow.
    Fay Slimm
  39. 39. Afghani's Sorrow
    Afzal Shauq
  40. 40. ' Joy And Sorrow...............'
    fawzia zie
  41. 41. Silenced By Sorrow (For Denis Joe)
    Mary Nagy
  42. 42. Only God—detect The Sorrow
    Emily Dickinson
  43. 43. # Parting Is Not Sweet Sorrow
    Sonya Florentino
  44. 44. Sorrow
    Danielle Noguet
  45. 45. As We Bask In Sorrow
    kamryn chew
  46. 46. Sorrow
    Simone Brown
  47. 47. Unseen Sorrow
    Bobby Sands
  48. 48. A Time To Bury Sorrow
    david lessard
  49. 49. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! *** Grip Of Sorrow **..
    Dr subhendu kar
  50. 50. Pain And Sorrow
    sylvia spencer

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Sorrow Poems

  1. Infant Sorrow

    My mother groaned, my father wept, Into the dangerous world I leapt; Helpless, naked, piping loud, Like a fiend hid in a cloud. Struggling in my father's hands, Striving against my swaddling bands, Bound and weary, I thought best To sulk upon my mother's breast.

  2. On Another's Sorrow

    Can I see another's woe, And not be in sorrow too? Can I see another's grief, And not seek for kind relief? Can I see a falling tear, And not feel my sorrow's share? Can a father see his child Weep, nor be with sorrow filled? Can a mother sit and hear An infant groan, an infant fear? No, no! never can it be! Never, never can it be! And can He who smiles on all Hear the wren with sorrows small, Hear the small bird's grief and care, Hear the woes that infants bear -- And not sit beside the next, Pouring pity in their breast, And not sit the cradle near, Weeping tear on infant's tear? And not sit both night and day, Wiping all our tears away? Oh no! never can it be! Never, never can it be! He doth give his joy to all: He becomes an infant small, He becomes a man of woe, He doth feel the sorrow too. Think not thou canst sigh a sigh, And thy Maker is not by: Think not thou canst weep a tear, And thy Maker is not year. Oh He gives to us his joy, That our grief He may destroy: Till our grief is fled an gone He doth sit by us and moan.

  3. The Sorrow Of Love

    THE brawling of a sparrow in the eaves, The brilliant moon and all the milky sky, And all that famous harmony of leaves, Had blotted out man's image and his cry. A girl arose that had red mournful lips And seemed the greatness of the world in tears, Doomed like Odysseus and the labouring ships And proud as Priam murdered with his peers; Arose, and on the instant clamorous eaves, A climbing moon upon an empty sky, And all that lamentation of the leaves, Could but compose man's image and his cry.

  4. Kin To Sorrow

    Am I kin to Sorrow, That so oft Falls the knocker of my door—— Neither loud nor soft, But as long accustomed, Under Sorrow's hand? Marigolds around the step And rosemary stand, And then comes Sorrow— And what does Sorrow care For the rosemary Or the marigolds there? Am I kin to Sorrow? Are we kin? That so oft upon my door— Oh, come in!

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