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The Poetry of Marriage

Kahlil Gibran, was a prominent Lebanese-American writer, poet, and artist, who left an indelible mark on literature with his profound insights into the human experience. While he is widely recognized for his masterpiece "The Prophet," published in 1923, Gibran's body of work delves deep into themes of love, death, and marriage, capturing the essence of these universal emotions with eloquence and sensitivity. A among his many literary gems, as well as my personal favourite Gibran's poem "On Marriage" stands out as a poignant reflection on the intricacies of a shared life.


In this poetic masterpiece, he artfully weaves words to paint a vivid and heartfelt portrait of the journey two souls embark on together. Through his verses, Gibran explores the beauty of companionship, the challenges of unity, and the transformative power of love in the context of marriage. Delving into the essence of marriage as a union of hearts and minds, Gibran's words resonate with a timeless wisdom that transcends cultural boundaries and speaks to the core of human relationships. His poetic imagery evokes emotions that are both profound and relatable, inviting you to ponder the complexities and joys inherent in the bond between two individuals. 


As you immerse yourself in Gibran's poetic tapestry on marriage, may his words serve as a source of inspiration and reflection. Let his eloquent prose guide you through the intricacies of love and partnership, offering solace, wisdom, and a deeper understanding of the profound connection that binds two souls together in matrimony. No matter how often I read these words it retains its power to touch my heart and remind me to celebrate my own marriage.


You were born together, and together you

shall be forever more.

You shall be together when the white wings

of death scatter your days.

Yes, you shall be together even in the silent

memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your


And let the winds of heaven dance between


Love one another, but make not a bond of


Let it rather be a moving sea between the

shores of your souls.

Fill each other’s cup but drink not from one


Give one another of your bread but eat not

from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous, but

each one of you be

alone – even as the strings of a lute are

alone though they quiver with the same


Give your hearts, but not in each other’s


For only the hand of Life can contain your


And stand together yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart.

And the oak tree and the Cyprus grow not in

each other’s shadows

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