The Oak Tree and the Cypress grow not in each other’s shadow

Dear Lesley-Ann, this is the second of the two missives from the Prophet. I was re-reading the book again this morning. It is a bit like reading the scriptures. My take-aways from this missive will be very different to your take-aways. Enjoy.

Kahlil Gibran on Marriage

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white wings of death scatter your days.
Ay, 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.

Let their be spaces in your togetherness, dear Lesley-Ann

Thank you for sharing your big day with all of us.

We wish you all the blessings for a very happy life together!

2 replies on “The Oak Tree and the Cypress grow not in each other’s shadow”

Hi Raomal, just to let you know that although I never managed to post before I am an avid reader of your blog. You really have a gift for telling stories and engaging your readers. I was so shocked reading about your recent post about your inspection results and so moved reading this beautiful post to your daughter. Keep fighting and keep writing please. 🙂

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