Words to Live By in Marriage

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Posted by peskypippi | Posted in Life Lessons, Love, Marriage, Relationships | Posted on 20-03-2012

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This poem, The Prophet On Marriage, was read at my wedding ceremony.

In this poem, Khalil Gibran–an author from Lebanon–wrote about togetherness and sharing, but also about being your own person and having your own space.

That Khalil. He was one smart cookie, I mean pita.

The Prophet on Marriage
by Khalil Gibran

Then Almitra spoke again and said…
“And what of Marriage, master?”
And he answered saying:

You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.

But 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.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart.

 


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Comments (3)

Gorgeous painting & beautiful words about marriage. 19 years! Congratulations!

Time to renew your vows next year? Mr. Pippi would just LOVE that.

Yeah, uh, no.

He would never go for that! You know him well!

XO,
Pippi

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