Speak to us of Beauty


‘And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,
But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.
It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,
But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.
It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,
But rather a garden for ever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.’

– Gibran. K. 1923. De Profeet [The Prophet] Den Haag, The Netherlands: Mirananda (2000) p. 72-73

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One thought on “Speak to us of Beauty

  1. I first encountered Lebanese poet, Kahlil Gibran, in an airport in Oklahoma, as I picked up a copy of “The Prophet for reading material before boarding a plane to Indianapolis. As fate would have it, I found myself seated next to an incredibly beautiful Lebanese woman, who, upon seeing me reading Gibran’s book, told me all kinds of details about the life of the poet that I would otherwise never have learned.

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