Treasure Island

Khalil Gibran

(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931 / Bsharri)

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.

Submitted: Thursday, January 01, 2004
Edited: Saturday, July 09, 2005

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  • * Sunprincess * (6/8/2014 9:34:00 PM)

    .......pain comes in many forms and degrees....there is pain in the body...and pain in the mind...known as depression....cause some thoughts are painful.....pain in the soul....also known as sorrow...cause missing a loved one is so painful.....enjoyed this amazing write on pain....nicely done... (Report) Reply

  • Candis Johnson (7/1/2013 9:05:00 AM)

    I love this poem! I was first introduced to it on an episode of Moesha! Good times, Good TV! ! ! (Report) Reply

  • Derek Arakelian (11/6/2009 11:44:00 AM)

    Much of your pain is self chosen. I have heard this again and again you almost need the pain to grow, it's another stepping stone to the other side, to your true self. I've tried telling some of my massage clients that your pain may be need at this time but it is hard to convince people of this when they hurt. (Report) Reply

  • Tamara - Hanaring (9/16/2009 1:04:00 AM)

    Khalil Gibran..from the pain we gain, it changes the insane to a wisely sane, it is the great's mate.it crafts our souls, it is the rain for grains of the wheat, it is the food of the poets... (Report) Reply

  • Tamara - Hanaring (9/16/2009 1:04:00 AM)

    Khalil Gibran..from the pain we gain, it changes the insane to a wisely sane, it is the great's mate.it crafts our souls, it is the rain for grains of the wheat, it is the food of the poets... (Report) Reply

  • Cheri Mackey (10/26/2006 11:12:00 AM)

    Mr.Gibran your poem is really touching. It is though you went through some situation and the only thing you had to fall back on was your fate in the higher power. I took you poems as yes there is pain in this world. and yes you are bound to get hurt. Just dont let the pain take over life. Life is to short for saddness. Smile and get over it the light still shines (Report) Reply

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