Kahlil Gibran’s poem On Joy and Sorrow


“This is Khalil Gibran’s poem on JOY AND SORROW. You must read him. A poetic philosopher, he’s a genius on life.”
—Tame SheWolf

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Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight. 

Some of you say, “Joy is greater thar sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits, alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed. 

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy.
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced.
When the treasure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall.

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One thought on “Kahlil Gibran’s poem On Joy and Sorrow

  1. This was the first poem of Khalil Gibran that had touched my heart. I was head over heels when I read this poem 10yrs ago.. It touches me with great joy that you have been able to find this piece of wisdom by yourself just as I did. People can sermonize and tell you the very same thing. But when you read it and discover such blatent truth yourself I cannot express how deeply it moves you and leaves a permanent imprint on your young impressionable mind.

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