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Children - Poem by Khalil Gibran

And a woman who held a babe against her bosom said, 'Speak to us of Children.'

And he said:

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of Life's longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you, yet they belong not to you.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.

For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.

For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.

The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.

Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;

For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.


Comments about Children by Khalil Gibran

  • Gold Star - 4,639 Points Madhabi Banerjee (3/9/2016 1:01:00 PM)

    wonderful! very well depiction.my favourite poet (Report) Reply

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  • Gold Star - 6,596 Points Udaya R. Tennakoon (1/26/2016 7:50:00 AM)

    A very touched and wisely written for today world... (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 35,267 Points Bharati Nayak (1/13/2016 12:52:00 AM)

    A wonderful comparison of mother and child as bow and arrow, the present and future and God's will, the life force which shoots from bow to arrow. What a marvelous depiction-
    - -Ýou may house their bodies but not their souls
    For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you can not visit even in your dreams
    You may strive to be like them but seek not to make them like you'
    For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday (Report) Reply

    Gold Star - 115,454 Points Mohammed Asim Nehal (8/4/2016 4:59:00 PM)

    Yes I agree with u Bharatiji

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Poems About Children

  1. 1. Children , Khalil Gibran
  2. 2. A Farewell , Charles Kingsley
  3. 3. Unknown Girl In A Maternity Ward , Anne Sexton
  4. 4. A Poet To His Baby Son , James Weldon Johnson
  5. 5. Casabianca , Felicia Dorothea Hemans
  6. 6. Only Child , Dennis Nurkse
  7. 7. Whatever Brawls Disturb The Street , Isaac Watts
  8. 8. Love Between Brothers And Sisters , Isaac Watts
  9. 9. A Child Asleep , Elizabeth Barrett Browning
  10. 10. The Children's Hour , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  11. 11. We Are Seven , William Wordsworth
  12. 12. Childhood Is The Kingdom Where Nobody Dies , Edna St. Vincent Millay
  13. 13. Childhood , Henry Vaughan
  14. 14. My Shadow , Robert Louis Stevenson
  15. 15. Let Dogs Delight To Bark And Bite , Isaac Watts
  16. 16. How The Leaves Came Down , Sarah Chauncey Woolsey
  17. 17. Wee Willie Winkie , William Miller
  18. 18. A Prayer For My Son , William Butler Yeats
  19. 19. A Prayer For My Daughter , William Butler Yeats
  20. 20. Sweet And Low , Alfred Lord Tennyson
  21. 21. A Good Boy , Robert Louis Stevenson
  22. 22. Whole Duty Of Children , Robert Louis Stevenson
  23. 23. Father William , Lewis Carroll
  24. 24. The Village Blacksmith , Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
  25. 25. Home Again, Home Again , Marilyn Taylor
  26. 26. Testament , Carolyn Rodgers
  27. 27. July 4, 1974 , June Jordan
  28. 28. Against Writing About Children , Erin Belieu
  29. 29. A Child's Garden Of Verses , Robert Louis Stevenson
  30. 30. Last Word To Childhood , Arthur Seymour John Tessimond
  31. 31. Two Children , Spike Milligan
  32. 32. A Happy Childhood , William Matthews
  33. 33. A Child Is , Helena Sinervo
  34. 34. On The Death Of Friends In Childhood , Donald Justice
  35. 35. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  36. 36. Second Childhood , Robert William Service
  37. 37. In Childhood , Kimiko Hahn
  38. 38. My Son The Man , Sharon Olds
  39. 39. A Note On My Son's Face , Toi Derricotte
  40. 40. Dead Butterfly , Ellen Bass
  41. 41. The Leaf Pile , Alicia Suskin Ostriker
  42. 42. My Daughter At The Gymnastics Party , David Bottoms
  43. 43. Heart's Needle , William De Witt Snodgrass
  44. 44. I Leave Her Weeping , Liz Rosenberg
  45. 45. Clinical Thermometer Set With Moonstone , Alice Notley
  46. 46. Scallop Song , Anne Waldman
  47. 47. Food , Brenda Hillman
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