Famous Family Poem

"On Children" by Kahlil Gibran uses vivid imagery and metaphor. The poem describes the ways in which children enrich the lives of those who raise them, and speaks to the transformative power of parenthood. The lines "You may give them your love but not your thoughts" and "You may house their bodies but not their souls" uses rich imagery to describe the unique and separate nature of the relationship between parents and children. The lines "You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth" and "For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you" use metaphors of arrows and crucifixion to describe the love and struggles of parenting. On Children" is a beautifully written and deeply affecting poem that speaks about the enduring bond between parent and child.

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On Children

By more Kahlil Gibran

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
The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite
And he bends you with his might

That his arrows may go swift and far
Let your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness
For even as he loves the arrow that flies
So he loves also the bow that is stable


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