exist.

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 fulfillment

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 – A Tear and A Smile

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