The Prophet

“Your children are not your children,

They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but not from you,

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.”

Published in the 1920’s is Khalil Gibran’s spiritual tale set on the island of the fictional prophet, Al Mustafa’. Before he departs from his present life, his followers rush to ask him in this final hour of all things worldly and metaphysical. They seek to glean his knowledge on love, life, business, sorrow and children amongst other things.

This book is rightly appreciated but its profundity exaggerated. Its beauty is in its simplicity. Is it utopian? Certainly. I find it necessary to read such things in life, it lightly exercises the mind, nudges to you think about what it is to be human and most importantly, The Prophet is a book of positivity.

Recommended to lovers of Rumi and The Alchemist 4/5


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