Saturday, 2 February 2013
By Khalil Gibran
Once when I was living in the heart of a pomegranate,
I heard a seed saying, "Someday I shall become a tree,
and the wind will sing in my branches, and the sun
will dance on my leaves, and I shall be strong and beautiful
through all the seasons."
Then another seed spoke and said, "When I was young as you,
I too held such views; but now that I can weigh and measure things,
I see that my hopes were vain."
And a third seed spoke also, "I see in us nothing that promises so great a future."
And a fourth said, "But what a mockery our life would be, without a greater future."
Said a fifth, "Why dispute what we shall be, when we know not even what we are."
But a sixth replied, "Whatever we are, that we shall continue to be."
And a seventh said, "I have such a clear idea how everything will be,
but I cannot put it into words."
Then an eighth spoke-and a ninth-and a tenth-and then many-
until all were speaking, and I could distinguish nothing for the many voices.
And so I moved that very day into the heart of a quince,
where the seeds are few and almost silent.