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Let These Be Your Desires
(January 6, 1883 – April 10, 1931 / Bsharri)

Let These Be Your Desires

Poem By Khalil Gibran

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
But if your love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook
That sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.

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he is one of my favorite poets and this poem would be very nice to read at a wedding ceremony...I love his poetry..very inspirational
All Gibran's poems are great. This poem is great.
.......oh very beautiful and the ending is extraordinaire....
Gibran is one of the most neglected 20th century American poets. Why? First, to clarify, he has never been neglected by the reading public, but almost absolutely by the critical establishment. He's an Arab-American. He writes in biblical rhythms rather than Tennysonian. His poems ran counter to the imagistic and modernistic tide of the 1920s, dealing in wisdom, extending (as in this poem) iwise sayings, often creatively expressed, but often too verging on cliches.
I tend to stay away from commenting on the work of a deceased poet so as to focus on the living that may enjoy receiving them; but this is a most tender piece. I have to say I truly enjoyed the heartwarming beseech to have one experience love in its true forms.


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