Children by Kahlil Gibran

Children by Gibran - print of collage on blue marbled paper

Your children are not your children.

They are the sons and daughters of life’s longing for itself.

They come through you but are 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 backwards nor tarries with yesterday.

You are the bows from which your children

as living arrows are set forth.

- Kahlil Gibran “The Prophet”

Children by Gibran - print of collage with teal and poppy petals