poetry friday

Iphigene here. 

For the next two months GB will be featuring literature related to China and the Middle East. Since I am neither Chinese  (well, my grandfather was) nor Middle Eastern, I won’t be posting any originals today. I decided to feature one of the earlier styles of poetry I was exposed to.

I remember seeing The Prophet in our family’s book shelf growing up. I remember picking it up, it was musty and old. I remember turning the pages and was quite unsure what to make of it. Fast forward to present and I find myself often going back to Kahlil Gibran’s poetry.

Gibran was a Lebanese-American poet and artist. His poetry is known for the use of formal language and spiritual terms.  His most popular work, The Prophet, reads like a lecture or has the echoes of some books in the Old Testament Bible. Today, I share a poem that is close to me, a message that encompasses my own belief as a developmental psychologist.

For more poetry, head out to Random Noodling, today’s Poetry Friday Host.


8 comments on “[Poetry Friday]: On Children

  1. “Life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday”. Beautiful.


    • Hi Sally. I remember the first time I read it and how struck I was by the truth it carried. I am not a parent, but I could imagine how this poem translates in their lives as they watch their children grow.


  2. I love the pairing of the photo with this moving poem. Gibran deserves another look.


  3. Hi, Iphigene–

    This poem was spoken at the Mothers’ Day service at my congregation last weekend. That bow and arrows metaphor is just genius and I love being surprised by it again and again.


    • Hi Heidi,
      It is indeed a surprising thing. I read this when I was younger, then encountered it again in one of my courses in Developmental Psychology. A professor read this poem to sum up parenting. It’s a beautiful way to describe what parents do, that they are bows and the children are arrows. Thanks for dropping by. 🙂


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