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Meaning of Love

I haven't posted on this blog for four years. Today I thought about revisiting it, and decided to login... and lo and behold found this post already started and saved as a draft.

I remember exactly why I thought about sharing this poem that day. An acquantaince was in the throes of new love, and was boastfully proclaiming the depth of their connection with their new partner, which to the rest of the world looked entirely like disfunctional codependance. I turned to this poem (that Chris and I happed to use in our wedding ceremony,) as it described what an ideal union looked like to me: independant, yet complimentary; separate, yet together.

Despite this post being old, it still feels timely. Four years later, there are people near to us who are hurting, injured by those whom they used to love. Formers partners are now adversaries.

You Were Born Together (from The Prophet)

by Kahlil Gibran

You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the white sings of death scatter your days
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.
Love one another but make not a bond of love:
Let it rather be a moving sea between the shores of your souls.
Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous, but let each of you be alone,
Even as the strings of the lute are alone though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hands of Life can contains your hearts.
And stand together, yet not too near together:
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,
And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other's shadow.

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