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Catherine Wells, LCPC - President, IACFC

A Message From the Past-President

I would like to share with you an excerpt from one of my favorite poets, Kahlil Gibran.  His words in his best-known work, The Prophet, seem to me a heady distillation of the ancient wisdom of the Middle-east.  Gibran gives voice to this wisdom in lyrical verses that stay with me like beautiful music.  Here, then, is an excerpt from his work that is uniquely appropriate to one of the interests that brings us together in IACFC.

The Prophet -- On Marriage 
Gibran Kahlil Gibran, 1923

Then Almitra spoke again and said,
And what of Marriage, master?
And he answered saying:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, bet let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

Kahlil Gibran was a Lebanese-American philosophical essayist, novelist, mystical poet, and artist.  Born in Lebanon in 1883, he immigrated to America with his family when he was about twelve years old.  He grew up in South Boston, in an impoverished immigrant neighborhood.  At least 13 of his books were published between 1918 and 1950.  Among them his most beloved work, The Prophet, was published in 1923.  To learn more about Gibran Kahlil Gibran, visit the Cornell library online at  https://www.library.cornell.edu/colldev/mideast/gibrn.htm


  -- Cathy