Monday, August 11, 2008

Of Speeches & Weddings

I attended two beautiful weddings over the last weekend. Had I known I had to give a surprise speech, I would have 'prepared' for it - but then it would not be a surprise anymore. Anyway, had I been prepared, I would have recited the following for them, both. Congratulations A&T and M&F!

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 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 one 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,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

... The Prophet, Kahlil Gibran


"the" anonymous said...

Because of entries like these I finally bought "the Prophet" a few weeks ago; this, after many years of "flirting" to buy it when seeing it in bookshops. I guess there is a time and place for everything and this time , it was time.

Anonymous said...

Nicely put, I too own a copy of this book and suspect it is time I open the cover!

Nadia said...

hah! one of my favourites by kahlil gibran..