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Nellieanna Hay ~ reading from
Kahlil Gibran's masterpiece -

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Then Almitra spoke again and said, "And what of Marriage, master?"

And he answered saying:

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore,

You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.

Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each one of you be alone,

Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Kahlil Gibran 1883-1931

Kahlil Gibran, born in Lebanon, a man whose fame and influence spread far beyond his Near East homeland.
Eventually his works were translated into English, as well as many other languages.

His poetry has inspired and thrilled people all over the world, and from generation to generation, including ours.
In fact, this poet/philosopher/artist died just the year before my own birth.
It was from a dear sister-in-spirit that I first learned of his work.

It was in my early teens that I was introduced to "The Prophet",
unarguably his masterpiece.

But in my teens - (indeed, always) - I was overwhelmed neither by reputation nor by fame.

I listen for the music and the message.

What sang and spoke to me from Gibran is the rare quality:
as if his finger on the pulse of human experience communicated directly
to this girl I was and the woman I became.

Not that others lacked it; but none more clear and direct.

I must confess - I am still moved by his words!
And that is why I want to try to share them here, in my Oasis,
with kindred spirits who might chance to visit
and to catch the vibration and meaning.

He touches on many human experiences in "The Prophet".
They range from the every-day - to the profound.

He gives them all majesty and understanding.

This, then - is another favorite. . . On marriage.

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