Camping under the Lebanese sky – Image by David Mark from Pixabay
Man’s needs change, but not his love, nor his desire that his love should satisfy his needs…
Khalil Gibran is one of the most famous poets in Lebanon. His words reach my heart, and each time I read his poems I feel he is speaking directly to my soul. The simplicity of his composition on Solitude are a music of spirituality
❥💕Man’s needs change, but not his love, nor his desire that his love should satisfy his needs…
❥💕And some of you have called me aloof, and drunk with my own aloneness,
And you have said, “He holds council with the trees of the forest, but not with men.
He sits alone on hill-tops and looks down upon our city.”
True it is that I have climbed the hills and walked in remote places.
How could I have seen you save from a great height or a great distance?
How can one be indeed near unless he be far?
And others among you called unto me, not in words, and they said,
“Stranger, stranger, lover of unreachable heights, why dwell you among the summits where eagles build their nests?
Why seek you the unattainable?
What storms would you trap in your net,
And what vaporous birds do you hunt in the sky?
Come and be one of us.
Descend and appease your hunger with our bread and quench your thirst with our wine.”
In the solitude of their souls they said these things;
But were their solitude deeper they would have known that I sought but the secret of your joy and your pain,
And I hunted only your larger selves that walk the sky.