Marriage by Kahlil Gibran

Almitra spoke again and said,

What of Marriage, Master?

And he answered, saying:

You were born together,

and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together

when the white wings of death scatter your days.

Ay, you shall be together

even in the silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,

and let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another,

but make not a bond of love:

Let it rather be a moving sea

between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup,

but drink not from one cup.

Give one another of your bread

but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,

but let each one of you be alone,

even as the strings of a lute are alone

though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.

For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together

yet not too near together:

For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

and the oak tree and the cypress

grow not in each other's shadow.

- Kahlil Gibran "The Prophet"

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