A Tear and A Smile – Khalil Gibran (Powerful Life Poetry)

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Read by Shane Morris
Written by Khalil Gibran

– A Tear and A Smile –

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart
For the joys of the multitude.
And I would not have the tears that sadness makes
To flow from my every part turn into laughter.

I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.
A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding
Of life's secrets and hidden things.
A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and
To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.

A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;
A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.
I would rather that I died in yearning and longing
than that I live Weary and despairing.

I want the hunger for love and beauty to be in the
Depths of my spirit, for I have seen those who are
Satisfied the most wretched of people.
I have heard the sigh of those in yearning and Longing,
and it is sweeter than the sweetest melody.

With evening's coming the flower folds her petals
And sleeps, embracing her longing.
At morning's approach she opens her lips to meet
The sun's kiss.
The life of a flower is longing and fulfilment.
A tear and a smile.

The waters of the sea become vapor and rise and come
Together and are a cloud.
And the cloud floats above the hills and valleys
Until it meets the gentle breeze, then falls weeping
To the fields and joins with brooks and rivers
to Return to the sea, its home.
The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting.
A tear and a smile.

And so does the spirit become separated from
The greater spirit to move in the world of matter
And pass as a cloud over the mountain of sorrow
And the plains of joy to meet the breeze of death
And return whence it came.

To the ocean of Love and Beauty—-to God.

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27 Comments

  1. Here’s a wonderful poem from the great Khalil Gibran. Hope you enjoy!

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  2. 👋👏👏👏
    CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND MAKE YOURSELF PROUD 🏅

  3. Bhagavad Gita: *For certain is death for the born And certain is birth for the dead Therefore over the inevitable Thou shouldst not grieve*

  4. Great work once again. And congratulations on the 1 million milestone. Couldn’t think of anyone who deserves it more.

  5. I would rather that I died in yearning and longing, rather that I live weary and despairing

  6. My Oasis . Thank you ,for my thirst was even greater today.

  7. The first time I knew that Khalil Gibran was writing poems in English. My information is that all of his poetry is Arabic 😂🤍 But the poem is very beautiful, I love it and the sound is expressive and wonderful 🤍

  8. Listing to this masterpieces on my way home 🏡. That’s the sweetest moment of a lonely day .

  9. The reader sounds like a cross of James Earl Jones and Jocko Willink

  10. Just need a tear so that I can let go of my malice,and purge my soul;just need a smile so that I may brighten my heart.❤️😁May God Bless You ALL🙏

  11. I know Gibran is famous but I feel like he deserves so much more fame, I would still call him underrated.

  12. 2:02 “With evening’s coming the flower folds her petals and sleeps, embracing her longing.” Such a beautiful way to describe something simple.

  13. “And whoever puts all his trust in Allah, He will be enough for him” (Holy Quran 65:1-3)

  14. Listen: you can lose anything and everything but don’t lose heart because that’s the part that no man can see and it is.

    What a treasure it is!!!🔥💖

  15. Gibran still speaks so powerfully today. Anyone throughout the future will be able to read and be rejuvenated by this man’s words.

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