Kahlil Gibran: On Children


Your children are not your children.
They are the sons 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 goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.


You are the bows from which your children
as living arrows are sent forth.
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite,
and He bends you with His might
that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.




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4 Responses to Kahlil Gibran: On Children

  1. How true! Incidentally my daughter is Amrita (Iyer) and is 37 now with a daughter who spends her whole day sketching.

    • Amrita says:

      🙂 Its so nice to hear that your daughter too is named Amrita I hope she too has a blog because I would be delighted to get in touch with her 🙂 I would also strongly recommend a blog for your granddaughter’s sketches.

  2. Sarwat Azim says:

    Dear Amrita,
    Thank you for posting this thought-provoking poem by Kahlil-Gibran. What a beautiful way to guide us to the truth and to let us know that though we may think we are in control, that in reality we’re not- somebody else is, someone higher and better. Really, learning must never stop.
    Best in all you do,
    your friend,

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