Sahm King refreshed my memory with an enchanting poet and philosopher called Khalil Gibran in his monday writing prompt for ‘We drink Because We’re Poets’ My poem isn’t exactly in-line with his prompt, but it is connected to an extract from Kahlil Gibran’s the Prophet (which is a masterpiece that I highly reccomend, ISBN 0-330-31972-8).
Thanks to Sahm for the prompt and reminder of this magnificent writer. If anyone reading this has not visited We drink Because We’re Poets, please do as Sahm and the team do a fantastic job of advocating poets and poetry. Keep smiling and keep writing, best wishes from Baldy 🙂
From Khalil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’:
When your friend speaks his mind you fear not the
‘nay’ in your own mind, nor do you withhold the
And when he is silent your heart ceases not to listen
to his heart;
For without words, in friendship, all thoughts, all
desires, all expectations are born and shared, with
joy that is unacclaimed.
When you part from your friend, you grieve not;
For that which you love most in him may be clearer
in his absence,as the mountain to the climber is
clearer from the plain.
And let there be no purpose in friendship save the
deepening of the spirit.
Or Carburettor, Rugby Union, Means: I Love You, Man
You leave me alone,
When I want to be on my own,
And my wishes,
You have heeded,
But you’re always there,
To show that you care,
And always when,
Though hard to conceive,
You may not believe,
But I have nothing,
But respect for you,
Because you’re solid as a rock,
And when I take a knock,
You prove yourself a pal so true.
I feel lucky to know,
That wherever I go,
You’re only a phone-call away,
A shoulder to cry on,
Someone I rely on,
And you know how to make my day.
You ensure there’s no strife,
I love that you’re in my life,
And feel that I’m on the mend,
It is important I must,
Say that in you, I trust,
My pal, my mate my friend.