Children – Khalil Gibran (Powerful Life Poetry)

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Khalil Gibran was a renowned Lebanese-American novelist, poet, and artist (1883 – 1931).
In one of his most cherished poems, ‘On Children’, Gibran reflects on the duties of parenthood and offers sage advice on how to nurture and raise children to best set them up for life.

Full poem:

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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35 Comments

  1. Dear person that’s reading this, we don’t know each others but I wish you all the best in life ❤️ don’t ever blame yourself, accept things and go forward. Your smile is precious and a key for happy life.

    *I believe in you, Love from a small YouTuber!* 🖤..

    • Small u tuber. Your comment was well considered. Thank you for your kind thoughts. Gibran’s poetry engenders calm communication. Have a great moment, minute, hour. May your days are filled with love, joy possibility progress and contentment. God bless and empower you. From a regular size Utuber!!
      🤸🏿‍♂️🖤❤💚💛🙏🤗

    • So nice, thank you, wish you good luck in your life, sending much love to you ….

  2. I don’t know, why I got obsessed with the poems of Khalil Gibran, they have such power in them to coincide with my emotions….and the voice of the reader too, it’s just great…makes the vibe of the poem real.

    • I have read and re-read The Prophet many times over the years. His beauty of wisdom and Philosophy has never been matched.

  3. I do hope Lord Byron’s ‘Destruction of Sennacherib’ will be narrated at some point. I’d love to hear it in this voice.

  4. As a kid during our English class we had a story of Khalil Gibran : The ambitious violet. It was one of memorable stories I remember still today.

  5. “The place is very well
    and quiet and the children
    scream in a low voice.”
    – Lord Byron.

  6. “The first half of our lives
    is ruined by our parents, the
    second half by our children.”
    – Clarence Darrow.

    • “The first half of our lives
      Is made by our parents, the
      Second half by our children”

    • That leaves the middle part of our life and I surmise, we’re the one’s who ruin that??🤔😲😔

  7. To sum up the cycle of world.
    It’s children, who play the pious role.
    It gets change but remain uncounted.
    Oh beloved soul, how many faces, you have.
    You come and go.
    Who will fill unwritten pages.

  8. Why fear the when you can trust your family as hard times has definitely helped us see how we should start living we lift together because no one is better than the rest no matter their race religion or orientation they just shouldn’t interfere in personal one’s personal values the past is the past the longer we gaze into the last secret on earth the more the end plays out as a result of their is nothing more to this life that is why we push against the grain and expect perfection in our children the need to understand themselves that they are wanted needed and won’t lose when conflicts arise for they are the most oppressed people on earth without the power to fight back against tyrants

  9. “To me there’s no picture so
    beautiful as smiling, bright-
    eyed, happy children; no
    music so sweet as their
    clear and ringing laughter.”
    P. T. Barnum

  10. So profound and thought provoking ! Glad we get to taste such refined poems through Red Frost Motivation 🙏

    • Such a profound and thought provoken comment ! Thank you 😊💓☺

  11. “We do not inherit the Earth
    from Our Ancestors;
    We borrow it
    from Our
    Children.”

  12. Our Mind Is a Powerful Thing. When We Fill It With Positive Thoughts, Our Life Will Start To Change.
    🌷🥀🌷🌺🌷🥀🌷🥀🌷🥀🌷🥀🌷🥀

  13. Although Gibran was raised Christian during a time of oppression against Christians, he was a supporter of all religions. All his poems speak to people of all religions

    • How Christians were oppressed? If you mean Hizbollah , then, we Muslims either and still being threatened by its existence and sadly there are Christians who support them although they sided with Assad during the Syrian invasion of Lebanon and many Christians and Muslims were massacred from them. All innocent souls of all faiths mustn’t be oppressed for sure.
      Peace sister, from a Kuwaiti muslim brother.

    • @Vehement-Critic_ناقد لاذع Q8
      Salam ! My brother .. I just gave info that Gibran was raised as a Christian but his mind was so open , he supported all religions. There is no Christian God , no Muslim God, no Hindu God .. my bro .. Why do we all have the same anatomy and the same physical structure.. 2 eyes, 2 hands ? Did our Gods sit together and decided .. let us make our own humans but give them the same features , same blood, bones, feet and hands. But I believe that there is One and only One creator ..of mankind .. Thanks bro .

    • @Vehement-Critic_ناقد لاذع Q8 nobody was ever massacred in Lebanon exept by the zionist and the wahabi saoudi extremists

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  15. “Sometimes you climb out of bed in the morning and you think
    I’m not going to make it
    but you laugh inside
    remembering all the times you’ve felt that way”

    ~ Charles Bukowski

  16. “They come through you
    But not from you
    And though they are with you
    Yet they belong not to you.. ”
    The FINEST..the BRIGHTEST..the ULTIMATE poetry on children.. a beacon in the journey post parenthood. I read it in my early twenties without understanding its significance. After traversing the junctions of life n becoming father of two n watching them grow, I could fathom its value. This poetry has mellowed me remarkably over years vis-a-vis my kids on whom, like any dad, I tried to impose my own decision initially in their choices of subjects n later on careers but failed royally. I did sulk but resigned..n have now accepted my kids’ choices with utmost respect, realising the folly of imposition.
    Thanks a lot for the upload!

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