… 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.
‘The Prophet’ was the second book by Khalil Gibran that I have read, mostly due to the positive impression I got from ‘The Madman’. What made me enjoy this one was that the style was very similar to that in the previous book, and yet different — for now, instead of having less connected stories, we get a narrative where people are trying to learn from the prophet.
The prophet is a man who had been staying the city of Orphalese for a number of years and is now about to embark on his journey home. Before he leaves though, he passes on his thoughts to the people of this city, on topics from love to freedom to crime.
And they are thoughts most read-worthy.
If there is one thing I need to add, then where before I had a few doubts about going through Gibran’s writings then now there is no doubt — it is a firm plan to read other works by him.
But the restless say [of beauty], “We have heard her shouting among the mountains, and with her cries came the sounds of hoofs, and the beating of wings, and the roaring of lions.”