I am like earthly life which begins at
The feet of the mad elements and ends
Under the upraised wings of death.
Song of the Rain by Kahlil Gibran
These are just a few lines of the poem, whose meaning I couldn't understand. Could you please help me? Thanks a lot.
The explanation for this might be that Gibran wrote in English and Arabic - this poem apparently written in English - and his syntax might have gotten confused here, caught somewhere between the two languages. Or he might have been trying to say something profound here, but the words in English failed him. Or this might be an allusion from obscure Arabic literature or folklore, the sense of which eludes English speakers.
If I am not wrong, in Siberian mythology, the rainbow is symbolized as a vehicle which carries the human soul to the spirit of the sky, that is, death. The poem earlier mentions that the rainbow announces the departure of rain. So, the rain ends its life, that is, it departs, under the rainbow, the upraised wings of death.
Rain comes after a lot of unrest in nature . There is thunder , lightening, trees swing vigorously etc . This is just like what happens during the birth of a baby . But when it dies , it calmly seeps into the ground , fulfilling its purpose...Just like when a human dies after fulfilling their purpose of living .