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[Poetry Friday] Kahlil Gibran’s Wisdom

Myra here.

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!

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).

12 comments on “[Poetry Friday] Kahlil Gibran’s Wisdom

  1. Those are wise words. If only we could let the little petty annoyances go and just love each other.


  2. Kahlil Gibran was all the rage when I was in college (the same year dinosaurs were hit by the meteor). I bought a copy of The Prophet, but I don’t think I ever actually read it. Now might be the “right time.” Thanks


  3. I have heard of this book, but I didn’t know much about it. You have given me enough of a taste that now I must read it for sure. Thanks so much for sharing!


  4. lindabaie

    I discovered The Prophet so long ago, in high school, still have my copy, & it was supportive in so many ways. I’m glad that you are finding the words good for you, too, Myra.


  5. The Prophet is such a beautiful book. It has come into my life a the times I needed to hear its wisdom. I’m glad you found it at a time that spoke to you.


  6. maryleehahn

    I am in awe of your position!
    Thanks for the peaceful quotes from The Prophet.


  7. Beautiful thoughts and art here Myra! I was gifted a very small, short book of Kahlil Gibran’s many moons again and enjoyed it, thanks for sharing all!


  8. There are poems out there that find us at just the right time, and work their way into our hearts forever. Thank you for sharing these with us!


  9. Gibran is perfect for today. Thank you for reminding us of these pages.


  10. Myra, I was searching through my library of very old books and came across my Gibran books. I forgot how beautiful his words were and now you showcase them again. Thank you.


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