poet Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

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Give Me The Flute

Give me the flute, and sing
immortality lies in a song
and even after we've perished
the flute continues to lament
have you taken refuge in the woods
away from places like me
followed streams on their courses
and climbed up the rocks.
Did you ever bathe in a perfume
and dry yourself with a light
drink the dawn as wine
rarefied in goblets of ether
give me the flute then and sing
the best of prayer is song
and even when life perishes
the flute continues to lament
have you spent an evening
as I have done
among vines
where the golden candelabra
clusters hang down
did you sleep on the grass at night
and let space be your blanket
abstaining from all that will come
forgetful of all that has passed
give the flute then and sing
in singing is Justice for the heart
and even after every guilt
has perished
the flute continues to lament
give the flute and sing
forget illness and its cure
people are nothing but lines
which are scribbled on water.
They all are but the tunnels of moles,
threads in the spider's web.
For he who lives in weakness,
slowly he will die.
Forest is the abode of life,
and were the days
gathered in my hand,
there would i strew them,
but time it is that chooses
from my soul; whenever i long for
forest time bars my way woth excuse;
the fates have ways unaltering,
and men's aims are
beyond their impotent reach.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, April 17, 2014
Poem Edited: Thursday, April 17, 2014

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  • Paul AmrodPaul Amrod (4/18/2020 1:55:00 PM)

    An amazing genius form Lebanon who lived in Boston and New York and wrote as well fluent English. A Maronite like me and I feel every word he writes.

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/18/2020 5:46:00 AM)

    be the life of song
    be the life of flute
    death must come there as life and
    you will be immortal

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  • Ramesh T ARamesh T A (4/18/2020 5:24:00 AM)

    Nice philosophical poetry to reqd! This poetry id the flue of Poet that laments even after his life!
    Thanks for sharing yhis here!

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/18/2020 4:42:00 AM)

    Forest is the abode of life,
    and were the days
    gathered in my hand,
    there would i strew them,
    but time it is that chooses
    from my soul; the great Gibran. tony

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/18/2020 3:11:00 AM)

    Brilliant poem composed by Khalil Gibran. Congratulations to his family.

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (3/10/2020 5:13:00 AM)

    the flute continues to lament
    give the flute and sing
    forget illness and its cure
    people are nothing but lines
    which are scribbled on water. the great Gibran and his thoughts, tony

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  • hfs8921 (9/12/2019 6:42:00 AM)

    nice poem...i appreciate it.... :) ...very amazing

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  • Kumarmani MahakulKumarmani Mahakul (4/19/2019 1:30:00 AM)

    Give me the flute, and sing
    immortality lies in a song
    and even after we've perished
    the flute continue to lament....amazing beginning. Beautiful poem.

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  • Castellenas JohnCastellenas John (4/18/2019 5:45:00 PM)

    Amazing poetry by Khalil.

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  • Lorraine Margueritte Gasrel Black (4/18/2019 1:24:00 PM)

    The magic of the flute and the beauty in the words of this poet always gives me joy! a ten..

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (4/18/2019 1:24:00 PM)

    Outstanding as all his compositions are!

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (4/18/2019 9:56:00 AM)

    Among vines! ! !

    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (4/18/2019 9:17:00 AM)

    Love the lines that the poem begins and ends with:
    'Give me the flute, and sing
    immortality lies in a song
    and even after we've perished
    the flute continues to lament'.....
    'and men's aims are
    beyond their impotent reach.'
    '

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  • Dr Tony BrahminDr Tony Brahmin (4/18/2019 8:40:00 AM)

    Give me the flute, and sing
    immortality lies in a song
    and even after we've perished
    the flute continues to lament.. the lamenting flute...... wonderful. tony

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (4/18/2019 5:05:00 AM)

    give me the flute then and sing
    the best of prayer is song

    ///

    o
    give me the flute, the music, the lyrics
    give me the mind, the ear, the attentiveness
    I'll hear you deeply............!

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  • Micheal OlaniyiMicheal Olaniyi (4/18/2019 5:01:00 AM)

    I love this. this is real poetry

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    Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan(4/18/2019 8:37:00 AM)

    Yes, indeed this is real poetry!

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  • Mirela AthanasMirela Athanas (4/18/2019 1:26:00 AM)

    Superb! Perfection in poetry.

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  • Bernard F. AsuncionBernard F. Asuncion (4/18/2019 12:44:00 AM)

    One of the best poems by Khalil Gibran....

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  • M Asim NehalM Asim Nehal (11/13/2015 2:08:00 PM)

    Forest is the abode of life,
    and were the days
    gathered in my hand,
    there would i strew them,
    but time it is that chooses

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