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Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A Tear And A Smile

Rating: 3.3
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, embracingher 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 area 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.
Khalil Gibran
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COMMENTS
Chinedu Dike 07 November 2019
Well expressed thoughts and feelings nicely brought forth with clarity artistic brilliance.
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Adeeb Alfateh 16 July 2019
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. superb and extra ordinary writing great 10+++++++++++
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Mirela Athanas 18 April 2019
I think this is one of the most beautiful poems ever written, always admired Khalil Gibran.
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Latha 28 August 2018
I would not exchange my sorrows of my heart With the joy of the multitude- -super. Me too
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Susan Williams 04 April 2018
Line after line of eloquent and beautiful poetry- -] 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.
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Farisa Haleel 02 March 2018
“The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting. A tear and a smile.”- very meaningful lines meant for life; parting and meeting, a tear and a smile.
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laurie.sani@providence.com 14 November 2017
Beautiful
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Subhas Chandra Chakra 23 September 2017
The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting. A tear and a smile. Thanks poet for this nice poem.
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 16 September 2016
Khalil Gibran poems have a peculiar feeling to the readers and so good
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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 16 September 2016
Khalil Gibran poems have a peculiar feeling to the readers and it opens the human mind in a philosophical mood and gives them a satisfaction.
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