Poetry Friday: Water and Self Knowledge



It is a challenge to look for water-themed poetry given our current bimonthly theme, but we’re pretty happy to find real water-gems that we thought would be meaningful to share with you. This week, I am sharing some nuggets of wisdom from Kahlil Gibran himself. I love how the sea is linked to unraveling the mysteries of one’s soul as one seeks the “infinite depths” as revealed in one’s eyes. There is beauty in the language here that I can not help but sigh as my spirit yearns for the waves and the salty taste of the sea.

Poetry Friday is hosted by the fabulously-witty, the amazingly talented, the ever beautiful Jama Rattigan of Jama’s Alphabet Soup. Do head on over to her site as I am sure the round-up will be a thing of beauty. As per usual I have taken a screenshot of this poem in my smartphone and edited it using an iPhone app. Hope you like it.


Myra is a Teacher Educator and a registered clinical psychologist based in Al Ain, United Arab Emirates. Prior to moving to the Middle East, she lived for eleven years in Singapore serving as a teacher educator. She has edited five books on rediscovering children’s literature in Asia (with a focus on the Philippines, Malaysia, India, China, Japan) as part of the proceedings for the Asian Festival of Children’s Content where she served as the Chair of the Programme Committee for the Asian Children’s Writers and Illustrators Conference from 2011 until 2019. While she is an academic by day, she is a closet poet and a book hunter at heart. When she is not reading or writing about books or planning her next reads, she is hoping desperately to smash that shuttlecock to smithereens because Badminton Is Life (still looking for badminton courts here at UAE - suggestions are most welcome).

5 comments on “Poetry Friday: Water and Self Knowledge

  1. Pingback: poetry friday roundup is here! « Jama's Alphabet Soup

  2. izatrapani1

    So beautiful and wise! I was a big fan of Kahil Gibran as a teen and young adult. How nice to revisit his words and be awed once more. “The soul unfolds itself like a lotus of countless petals” -stunning!


  3. The soul unfolds itself….so beautiful, Myra!


  4. Exquisite! Thanks for this moment of beauty, reflection and inspiration. It’s been awhile since I’ve read Gibran. Love the last stanza especially!


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