It has been awhile since I have joined the Poetry Friday community. I thought I might as well check in and share with everyone that I am in Munich at the moment, serving as an international research fellow at the International Youth Library, reputed to be the largest library in the world for international children’s collection. Thank you to Random Noodling for hosting this week.
Since the beginning of May, we have been celebrating a Myriad of Middle Eastern Literature. And so, for this week’s Poetry Friday, I thought I might as well share Kahlil Gibran’s wisdom as found in this gorgeous book that I managed to hunt down a few months ago during a book sale:
The Prophet And The Art Of Peace: The New Illustrated Edition
Written by: Kahlil Gibran
Published by: Duncan Baird Publishers, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-84483-595-9
Bought my own copy of the book. Book photos taken by me.
I believe that books find us at the right time, in the same manner that this book found me exactly when I needed its wisdom. This served as my lifeline to sanity during a period when there was great uncertainty and doubt, a time when I felt unmoored. Reading this was like water washing over my soul. I will be sharing two quotes which moved me deeply:
“And you would accept the seasons of your heart, even as you have always accepted the seasons that pass over your fields.
And you would watch with serenity through the winters of your grief.
Much of your pain is self-chosen.
It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self.”
The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran
Here is another one that speaks of love. I have taken a photo of the page and edited it using an iPhone app. I hope you enjoy it!