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You Were Born Together
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 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.
Lebanese Poet and Philosopher Kahlil Gibran – 1883-1931.
This will be my last sharing - at least for awhile. I don’t feel there’s anything more I can say. I’d like to sincerely thank my Editor – Jim Butler, and his ‘sidekick’ Glenn, who have both been so supportive – and finally to all of you out there who have stopped me in the street and expressed your appreciation – a big “Thank You”! It has really meant a lot.