Two days ago, on January 6, was the 134th anniversary of the birth of the highly acclaimed author Kahlil Gibran (born 1883). One of the best selling poets of all time, Gibran is esoteric, warm, fierce and appealing in a way that has resonated with readers for over ninety years.
His best known work, The Prophet (1923), is an enduring modern classic. Never out of print, it has been translated in more than forty languages, its transcendent prose-poetry captivating readers across the world to this day.
Here is an excerpt:
‘Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. Love one another but make not a bond of love: Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.’
An astounding piece of work by an astounding mind.
Thank you, Kahlil Gibran.
From the bays of Pearl Coast,
Fish a ton of oysters, strike a shiny pearl.
PS – Here is the trailer for The Prophet. Yes, it has been adapted into an animation, and it’s pretty magical.