Posted by: LBergstrome | June 22, 2011

Your Children Are Not Your Children…

“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.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts. For they have their own thoughts.

You may house their bodies but not their souls,
For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit,
not even in your dreams.

You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you.
For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth.”

~ Excerpt from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran


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

    There is something horrific about that.

    • That’s a different perspective than I how I read that line. Thanks for shining a light from another angle.

  2. Thank you for sharing this moving poem. And for the artwork that corresponds so beautifully with it.

    Visit my writing blog at

    • I wish I could take credit for the either the poem or the artwork, but alas neither are mine.
      Thank you for visiting – I look forward to spending some time on your blog.

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