Wednesday, January 17, 2007

A Poem on Children by Khalil Gibran

Dear Children,

Here are thoughts of Khalil Gibran, a famous author and a poet thoughts on Children.

With Love, Amma-Naana

"Your children are not your children .
They are the son's and daughters
of life's longing for itself .
They come through you but not from you.
And though they are with you,
yet they belong not to you.
You may give them your love
but not your thoughts,
For they have their own thoughts.
You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow,
Which you cannot visit not even in your dreams.
You may strive to be like them,
but seek not to make them like you.
For life does not go backwards
nor tarries with yesterday.
You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are set forth.
The archer sees the mark upon
the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might that
His arrow may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archers
hands be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable."