Khalil Gibran On Joy & Sorrow

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On Joy and Sorrow
 Kahlil Gibran

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 holds 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 thar 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.

Kamilah, Kahlil's mother
Kamilah, Kahlil’s mother. Painting by Kahlil Gibran

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2 responses »

  1. You are definitely one of my new favorite writers…. this was INCREDIBLE!
    The lines that I really liked were the ones about the knives, because it does feel like the same place that creates our inner most happiness is the same place where our wounds are dug in deeper.

    my favorite line was: 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. (Yes, I had to copy and paste it to etch it into my memory because it was THAT good. lol)

    I really can relate to your poem and you were so right. Everything that gives us sorrow, despair and pain is exactly what causes us happiness. I interpret it as LOVE. 🙂

    I look forward to reading more of your masterpieces and getting to know you as a writer-friend 🙂

    Oh, also, feel free to check out my poetry and let me know what you think!

    *Hugs*
    -CallypsoMystique

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