"When love beckons to you follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you. Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
(...)
But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.
Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love."
- Kahlil Gibran - on love
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Nice. But I find the idea of Love as a man distracting. I more naturally think of Love as a woman.Emotion: heart
Maybe you are thinking about the subject of love, the beloved, while the writing talks about Love in general terms, which is without gender, but in English the word love has gender.
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yes thats right thank you clive for such a nice and pleasent comment
Very nice poem, Sir. I myself is a fan of Kahlil Gibran, the Prophet. Thanks for sharing Emotion: smile
Those words are just too powerful and have deep meaning thought. Every word is alive, no matter whether it stands alone or is united with another lively word. That poem shows us what love is, based on the poet's opinion. Reading that lovely poem makes one feel mixed emotion, happy, cheerful, sad, desperate etc. Almost all the lines explain love in irony like in this line : for even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you, and soon. What I conclude is the poem tell us about love is a beautiful pain.
Thanks Crotie, your writing are inspired too Emotion: clap. For me, the most important meaning is: don't be afraid to love, even knowing love can crucify you, because run away from love is like to dead, or to live a half life. I lived both aspects in my own, to be in the heaven, and to feel crucified too, both experiences are worthy, I am thankful for to have lived both.
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To Clive,
I agree with you, even with being a woman, I too agree
Love as a woman or even better simply a thoughtful feeling
Of the heart, not a gender.
AnonymousTo Clive, I agree with you, even with being a woman, I too agree Love as a woman or even better simply a thoughtful feeling Of the heart, not a gender.
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jordicuestMaybe you are thinking about the subject of love, the beloved, while the writing talks about Love in general terms, which is without gender, but in English the word love has gender.

Or maybe he's thinking aboit Aphrodite, the Goddess of Love.

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