poet Khalil Gibran

Khalil Gibran

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On Pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses
your understanding.

Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its
heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.

And could you keep your heart in wonder at the
daily miracles of your life, your pain would not seem
less wondrous than your joy;

And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
even as you have always accepted the seasons that
pass over your fields.

And you would watch with serenity through the
winters of your grief.

Much of your pain is self-chosen.

It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
you heals your sick self.

Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
in silence and tranquillity:

For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided by
the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips, has
been fashioned of the clay which the Potter has
moistened with His own sacred tears.

Poem Submitted: Thursday, January 1, 2004
Poem Edited: Saturday, July 9, 2005

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  • Khairul AhsanKhairul Ahsan (10/24/2020 11:40:00 PM)

    A well deserved honor of being chosen as the 'Classic Poem of the Day'!

    'And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
    even as you have always accepted the seasons that
    pass over your fields.

    And you would watch with serenity through the
    winters of your grief.' - A scholar's vision, a poet's expression!

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  • Mahtab BangaleeMahtab Bangalee (10/24/2020 11:20:00 PM)

    Much of your pain is self-chosen.

    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
    you heals your sick self.

    Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
    in silence and tranquillity: ///Great Poem penned on the self chosen pains of life ///Pain on this earth; sorrow of life on this earth; tears of present on this earth all pains are self-chosen; so it needs remedy and the true physician is own mind; the inner self; need to obey the physician's advice, the rules of inner self

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  • Luis Estable (10/24/2020 8:56:00 PM)

    This makes me think of this phrase, " Accept your pain with triumph."
    A poem of which a long comment could be written.

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  • Turuva KeliTuruva Keli (10/24/2020 8:38:00 PM)

    " Much of your pain is self-chosen." i relate to this so much in my life.
    Everything about this poem was just Beautiful.
    Thank You.

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  • Edward Kofi LouisEdward Kofi Louis (10/24/2020 1:11:00 PM)

    Seasons and reasons! ! !
    Hearts in wonder!
    Facing with the muse of love and life.


    Thanks for sharing this poem with us.

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  • Parameswaran Nair Damodaran Nair (10/24/2020 5:21:00 AM)

    And you would accept the seasons of your heart,
    even as you have always accepted the seasons that
    pass over your fields.

    It is life!

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  • Aniruddha PathakAniruddha Pathak (11/26/2019 10:13:00 PM)

    I visited again, such a beautiful poem, such novel ideas.

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  • sjsndusuwhwuwbwuw (10/7/2019 1:23:00 PM)

    I like it I am wating for another poem

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  • Hghhhgh (9/10/2019 8:26:00 AM)

    It was the first of two major

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  • Sunny (9/10/2019 8:25:00 AM)

    Sexy one

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  • Adeeb AlfatehAdeeb Alfateh (7/16/2019 1:08:00 AM)

    Much of your pain is self-chosen.

    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within
    you heals your sick self.

    Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy
    in silence and tranquillity:

    great write
    great 10++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

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  • with a rocket launcher (5/26/2019 11:55:00 PM)

    BOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOMM!

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  • Nkululeko MduduNkululeko Mdudu (4/24/2019 2:36:00 AM)

    One of the best 20th century thinkers!

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  • Nkululeko MduduNkululeko Mdudu (4/24/2019 2:22:00 AM)

    beautiful imagery, brave theme. one of the finest thinkers of the 20th century

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  • Iftekhar ifti (2/20/2019 1:52:00 PM)

    One of the finest work of Coleridge

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (10/12/2018 5:50:00 AM)

    'And you would accept the seasons of your heart'.....A beautiful way of putting the changing emotions of the heart!

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  • Lavender (10/5/2018 4:35:00 PM)

    Add a comment. Pain demands to be felt

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  • Lavender (10/5/2018 4:34:00 PM)

    Add a comment. Pain demands to be felt

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  • Andrew Security Screens (8/20/2018 11:56:00 PM)

    Bad work give up on your life.! ! ! !

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  • Lily IvesLily Ives (7/4/2018 10:34:00 PM)

    It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquillity. Our culture promotes avoidance of pain, yet there are times that call for tranquil rest until pain dissipates. Without pain, we wouldn't recognise sickness until it's too late. Gorgeous poem from Khalil!

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