Tuesday, May 27, 2008

On Marriage

One of my best-loved poets is the mystic, Kahlil Gibran. His book, ‘The Prophet’, is one that I have carried in my heart for many years. It is not one that can be read in one sitting: it has to be savoured and treasured.
Today I thought I would share with you one of his many beautiful reflections, that on marriage. Whether or not one is married, this poem has a loveliness that can still be cherished.
God bless,
Sr. Janet

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 a 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.