Thursday, April 12, 2012
K is for Khalil...
For this, my third year doing the challenge, I am going literary. For every letter of the alphabet I will talk about a book, an author or a character from fiction or myth that made an impression, was inspirational, or caused me to think.
...as in Gibran.
"Work is love made visible."
This quote from his most famous work, The Prophet, has been a motto I have striven to embrace since I first read the book when I was probably around 17 or 18. Of course, I fail daily to make love visible, to not complain about having to dust or sweep the floor. But still...I keep working at it.
You can read a short biography of his life here, from Cornell University.
This Man from Lebanon, by Barbara Young, is a lovely biography of this talented man.
During that time in my life when I devoured every book of his that I could lay my hands on, I came across this little piece from The Forerunner. It is totally applicable to writers, artists and other creative types and reminds us of a basic truth.
"Said a Sheet of Snow-White Paper"
Said a sheet of snow-white paper, "Pure was I created, and pure will I remain for ever. I would rather be burnt and turn to white ashes than suffer darkness to touch me or the the unclean to come near me."
The ink-bottle heard what the paper was saying, and it laughed in its dark heart; but it never dared to approach her. And the multicoloured pencils heard her also, and they too never came near her.
And the snow-white sheet of paper did remain pure and chaste for ever -- pure and chaste -- and empty.
Do you have a favorite Gibran quote or book?
K is for Khalil Gibran Other K influences: Kidnapped by R. L. Stevenson, Kadath as in The Dream Quest of Unknown Kadath, by H. P. Lovecraft. King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table.