Kahlil Gibran’s “Prophet” is an overwhelming and very inspiring poem.
Here we will not find out what is beautiful in having children – this is what already relishes all those who wanted and managed to become parents.
Here, however, the poet talks about the usual mistakes that parents tend to make… out of love , not otherwise.
“… and a woman with a baby on her chest said:
” Tell us about the Children.”
And he said:
“Your children are not your children.
They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for herself in love.
They come through you, but not from you
And even though I’m with you, they’re not yours.
You can give them love, but not your thoughts,
Because they have their thoughts.
You can host their body, but not their soul,
Because their souls live in the house of tomorrow, which you can’t even visit in your dream.
You may aspire to be like them, but do not seek to do to them as you do,
Because life doesn’t go back, it doesn’t linger yesterday.
You are the bow from which your children, like arrows, are thrown.
On the endless road the Archer sees the target and with His power strains you so that his arrows can fly fast and far.
And your power, by the hand of the Archer, to bring you joy,
For as He loves the traveling arrow, so does the steadfast bow.”