19/3/09

A TEAR AND A SMILE - GIBRAN KAHLIL GIBRAN - Song of the Wave



Song of the Wave

The strong shore is my beloved
And I am his sweetheart.
We are at last united by love, and
Then the moon draws me from him.
I go to him in haste and depart
Reluctantly, with many Little farewells.

I steal swiftly from behind the
Blue horizon to cast the silver of
My foam upon the gold of his sand, and
We blend in melted brilliance.

I quench his thirst and submerge his
Heart; he softens my voice and subdues
My temper.
At dawn I recite the rules of love upon
His ears, and he embraces me longingly.
At eventide I sing to him the song of
Hope, and then print smooth hisses upon
His face; I am swift and fearful, but he
Is quiet, patient, and thoughtful.
His Broad bosom soothes my restlessness.

As the tide comes we caress each other,
When it withdraws,
I drop to his feet in Prayer.

Many times have
I danced around mermaids
As they rose from the depths and rested
Upon my crest to watch the stars;
Many times have
I heard lovers complain
Of their smallness, and
I helped them to sigh.

Many times have
I teased the great rocks
And fondled them with a smile, but never
Have I received laughter from them;
Many times have
I lifted drowning souls
And carried them tenderly to my beloved
Shore. He gives them strength as he
Takes mine.

Many times have
I stolen gems from the
Depths and presented them to my beloved
Shore. He takes them in silence, but still
I give fro he welcomes me ever.

In the heaviness of night, when all
Creatures seek the ghost of Slumber,
I Sit up, singing at one time and sighing
At another. I am awake always.

Alas! Sleeplessness has weakened me!
But I am a lover, and the truth of love
Is strong.

I may be weary, but I shall never die.

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