Khalil Gibran Poems


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Khalil Gibran
Khalil Gibran

Essayist, novelist, poet and artist, Khalil Gibran's work heavily influenced American pop culture in the 1960s, His most famous work, "The Prophet", was published 40 years earlier and was a bestseller, but it resurfaced as a guide for the counterculture. Gibran believed that people could exercise mastery over their lives if they could find a sensible and sustainable way to live and think. Born in Lebanon, Gibran's artistic talents were recognized early on and photographer F. Holland Day tutored him in literature and the arts. His biggest benefactor was Mary Haskell, who supported her poetry for most of his career and served as his editor. His style, which is a combination of spirituality and beauty, has become known as Gibranism.

Date of Birth: January 06, 1883
Date of Death: April 10, 1931


Found 52 poems by Khalil Gibran.
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Good and Evil XXII by Khalil Gibran
And one of the elders of the city said, "Speak to us of Good and Evil."

And he answered:

Of the good in you I can speak, but not of the evil.

For what is evil but good tortured by its own hunger and thirst?

Verily when good is hungry it seeks f… [ Read More ]

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Peace XVIII by Khalil Gibran
The tempest calmed after bending the branches of the trees and leaning heavily upon the grain in the field. The stars appeared as broken remnants of lightning, but now silence prevailed over all, as if Nature's war had never been fought.

At that hour a young woman entered her cha… [ Read More ]

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Work chapter VII by Khalil Gibran
Then a ploughman said, "Speak to us of Work."

And he answered, saying:

You work that you may keep pace with the earth and the soul of the earth.

For to be idle is to become a stranger unto the seasons, and to step out of life's procession, that marches in … [ Read More ]

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The Playground of Life XIX by Khalil Gibran
One hour devoted to the pursuit of Beauty
And Love is worth a full century of glory
Given by the frightened weak to the strong.


From that hour comes man's Truth; and
During that century Truth sleeps between
The restless arms of disturbing dreams. Read More ]

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Leave Me, My Blamer XIII by Khalil Gibran
Leave me, my blamer,
For the sake of the love
Which unites your soul with
That of your beloved one;
For the sake of that which
Joins spirit with mothers
Affection, and ties your
Heart with filial love. Go,
And leave me to my own
Weeping h… [ Read More ]

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Yesterday and Today XII by Khalil Gibran
The gold-hoarder walked in his palace park and with him walked his troubles. And over his head hovered worries as a vulture hovers over a carcass, until he reached a beautiful lake surrounded by magnificent marble statuary.

He sat there pondering the water which poured from the m… [ Read More ]

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Two Wishes XI by Khalil Gibran
In the silence of the night Death descended from God toward the earth. He hovered above a city and pierced the dwellings with his eyes. He say the spirits floating on wings of dreams, and the people who were surrendered to the Slumber.

When the moon fell below the horizon and the… [ Read More ]

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Song of Fortune VI by Khalil Gibran
Man and I are sweethearts
He craves me and I long for him,
But alas! Between us has appeared
A rival who brings us misery.
She is cruel and demanding,
Possessing empty lure.
Her name is Substance.
She follows wherever we go
And watches like a s… [ Read More ]

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The Palace and the Hut XXIX by Khalil Gibran
Part One


As night fell and the light glittered in the great house, the servants stood at the massive door awaiting the coming of the guests; and upon their velvet garments shown golden buttons.

The magnificent carriages drew into the palace park and the nobles en… [ Read More ]

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Time XXI by Khalil Gibran
And an astronomer said, "Master, what of Time?"

And he answered:

You would measure time the measureless and the immeasurable.

You would adjust your conduct and even direct the course of your spirit according to hours and seasons.

Of time you wo… [ Read More ]

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Beauty XXV by Khalil Gibran
And a poet said, "Speak to us of Beauty."

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?

And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

The aggrieved and the injured say, "Bea… [ Read More ]

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Before the Throne of Beauty XXVI by Khalil Gibran
One heavy day I ran away from the grim face of society and the dizzying clamor of the city and directed my weary step to the spacious alley. I pursued the beckoning course of the rivulet and the musical sounds of the birds until I reached a lonely spot where the flowing branches of the trees… [ Read More ]

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On Pain by Khalil Gibran
Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life… [ Read More ]

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Song of the Wave XVII by Khalil Gibran
The strong shore is my beloved
And I am his sweetheart.
We are at last united by love, and
Then the moon draws me from him.
I go to him in haste and depart
Reluctantly, with many
Little farewells.


I steal swiftly from behind the
Blu… [ Read More ]

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Song of the Soul XXII by Khalil Gibran
In the depth of my soul there is
A wordless song - a song that lives
In the seed of my heart.
It refuses to melt with ink on
Parchment; it engulfs my affection
In a transparent cloak and flows,
But not upon my lips.


How can I sigh it? I f… [ Read More ]

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Buying and Selling chapter XI by Khalil Gibran
And a merchant said, "Speak to us of Buying and Selling."

And he answered and said:

To you the earth yields her fruit, and you shall not want if you but know how to fill your hands.

It is in exchanging the gifts of the earth that you shall find abundance a… [ Read More ]

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Houses chapter IX by Khalil Gibran
A mason came forth and said, "Speak to us of Houses."

And he answered and said:

Build of your imaginings a bower in the wilderness ere you build a house within the city walls.

For even as you have home-comings in your twilight, so has the wanderer in you, … [ Read More ]

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Laughter and Tears IX by Khalil Gibran
As the Sun withdrew his rays from the garden, and the moon threw cushioned beams upon the flowers, I sat under the trees pondering upon the phenomena of the atmosphere, looking through the branches at the strewn stars which glittered like chips of silver upon a blue carpet; and I could hear … [ Read More ]

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Song of Love XXIV by Khalil Gibran
I am the lover's eyes, and the spirit's
Wine, and the heart's nourishment.
I am a rose. My heart opens at dawn and
The virgin kisses me and places me
Upon her breast.


I am the house of true fortune, and the
Origin of pleasure, and the beginning… [ Read More ]

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Eating and Drinking chapter VI by Khalil Gibran
Then an old man, a keeper of an inn, said, "Speak to us of Eating and Drinking."

And he said:

Would that you could live on the fragrance of the earth, and like an air plant be sustained by the light.

But since you must kill to eat, and rob the young of its… [ Read More ]

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Giving chapter V by Khalil Gibran
Then said a rich man, "Speak to us of Giving."

And he answered:

You give but little when you give of your possessions.

It is when you give of yourself that you truly give.

For what are your possessions but things you keep and guard for fear you… [ Read More ]

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