Reversing the Numbness

Thursday, February 1, 2007

On Children

This one goes out to my pal Raoul Duke and his lady C, who are expecting their first child in a couple of weeks.

On Children
Kahlil Gibran

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 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 our 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.

I'd like to clarify that it's perfectly acceptable and even expected to completely insist that your children are Steelers fans. It's the price of rent in my house.

1 comment:

Raoul Duke said...

man, that is just the best thing ever. I haven't revisited that yet, but was planning to. it one of only 3 books i have on my dresser. so thanks pal.

as for being a Steeler fan, hell Sage has already toughed it through an away game in Oakland.