Children- Khalil Gibran

"Mother & Child Sleeping"  -Diego Rivera

“Mother & Child Sleeping”
-Diego Rivera

By far, one of my favorite poems of all time:

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, “Speak to us of Children.” And he said:
Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
They come through you but not from you,
And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.

4 thoughts on “Children- Khalil Gibran

  1. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful poem about children. Sometimes I need this kind of inspiration because I feel like killing my son sometimes, well, not really, it is hard being a single mom. I read your lovely description of how your teenage son has taught you so much. I am sending you my 16-year old, Thank you, MariaGuliana

    • Hello, Maria! I empathize with you, it truly is difficult to be a single parent, as we are often pulled in so many directions in regards to our work/family/and personal roles. Thankfully, I have the support of many people, including my son’s dad and wife. The influence of extended family has played a crucial role in my ability to guide my son through the rigors of middle school and high school. He is naturally intrinsically driven, and very organized, so school work has always been relatively easy for him. But I credit his success to the foundation his father, stepmom, stepdad, and extended family have laid for him throughout the course of his childhood. We have always kept open, honest communication with him, and have worked our way through many uncomfortable situations by letting love be the guide for our interaction and motivation. Best of luck to you and your family, and thank you for reading

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