Friday, June 24, 2011

Joy and Sorrow

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Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.

Is not the cup that hold your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven?

And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.

Some of you say, "Joy is greater than sorrow," and others say, "Nay, sorrow is the greater."

But I say unto you, they are inseparable.

Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.

Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.

When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

Kahlil Gibran, from The Prophet


  1. Nice, yes, they are inseparable, go together, like a good and bad practice, can't have one without the other... I am still more into Bukowski, but ok, I am feeling it

  2. Yes, Claudia, I agree with everything you say about the good and bad practice :-) And I think that all great poetry speaks to us across time and space, so that we can't help but feel it...

  3. Love love love! The lessons in this work helped me through some dark times. Always relevant, no matter your circumstances. The part about love and relationships is especially meaningful - to me anyway :)

  4. Yes, savasanaadict, poetry really speaks to something deep and powerful in all of us (or at least in me, at any rate :-)). I really love that part about love and relationships too :-)