Monday, December 22, 2008

Friendship




And a youth said, "Speak to us of Friendship."


Your friend is your needs answered. He is your field which you sow with love and reap with thanksgiving. And he is your board and your fireside. For you come to him with your hunger, and you seek him for peace.

When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the "nay" in your own mind, nor do you withhold the "ay." And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen to his heart;

For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all desires, all expectations are born and shared, with joy that is unacclaimed.

When you part from your friend, you grieve not; For that which you love most in him may be clearer in his absence, as the mountain to the climber is clearer from the plain.

And let there be no purpose in friendship save the deepening of the spirit.

For love that seeks aught but the disclosure of its own mystery is not love but a net cast forth: and only the unprofitable is caught. And let your best be for your friend.

If he must know the ebb of your tide, let him know its flood also. For what is your friend that you should seek him with hours to kill?

Seek him always with hours to live. For it is his to fill your need, but not your emptiness.

And in the sweetness of friendship let there be laughter, and sharing of pleasures.

For in the dew of little things the heart finds its morning and is refreshed.

....."The Prophet" by Khalil Gibran

3 comments:

TheHoopoe said...

wah .. this overdose will finish all of The Prophet by next week ...

since i have been stuck in airports, i might as well update my blog too ...

sigh ... but an interesting experience. met so many strangers at the airport going through the same predicament.

marzuki said...

haha! I was trying to write sthg about friendship but after a while, i gave up and let "The Prophet" do the talking.

black dahlia said...

As a friend who is upset enough to be looking through your blog for the first time in search of what might have been troubling you lately.....

And as a friend to be upset enough by your multiple absence when he knows you're not the type to be bailing out at the last minute on your buds...

So as a friend, looking forward to you making it to the next outing.