Thursday, February 7, 2008

Thoughtful Thursdays

Good day, my beautiful readers. Today's Thoughtful Thursday's inspiration comes from Khalil Gibran, the 20th century Lebanese/American artist and poet. As usual, I cannot remember where exactly I first came across this fine fellow, but what I do remember was the evocative feeling of calm wisdom and his always-lovely phrasing.

The Baroness suggests, like Mr. Gibran, that you take the opportunity to look in a mirror today, and see the beauty burning like a flame inside you. Because you are that flame, and you are beauty. It's really there. Own it.

Beauty XXV

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, "Beauty is kind and gentle.

Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us."

And the passionate say, "Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.

Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us."

The tired and the weary say, "beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our

Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the

But the restless say, "We have heard her shouting among the mountains,

And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the
roaring of lions."

At night the watchmen of the city say, "Beauty shall rise with the dawn from
the east."

And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, "we have seen her leaning
over the earth from the windows of the sunset."

In winter say the snow-bound, "She shall come with the spring leaping upon
the hills."

And in the summer heat the reapers say, "We have seen her dancing with the
autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair."

All these things have you said of beauty.

Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,

And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,

But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear
though you shut your ears.

It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,

But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels forever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in the mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Khalil Gibran


Lisa said...

My favorite so far. Simply lovely. ... Babs Peapod

Sandi said...

It's hard for me to look in the mirror and see anything today--I've caught my daughter's pink eye!

Not Afraid to Use It said...

I love me some Gibran. Thank you for putting it out in the blogosphere for even more people to read his brilliance.

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