Speak to us of Children

And he said:
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
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 to-

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 chil-
dren 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 you bending in the archer's had
be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.

-Kahlil Gibran


Sherri said...

**GASP** How great! I llloooovvveee these! And such lovely subjects! :)

llear said...

These are beautiful, I love photographing children, maybe because they are what's most readily available to me.

Rohit Talwar said...

Innocent! Interesting!

Vulcan said...

I might try to get some shots of little childrens one day.. :)


Anonymous said...

these are amazing! beautiful!

Heidi said...

i really, really like this post sandig.

The Creative Death said...

Aww cute kids!
The second to the last pic, the little girl, she sure has an amazing grin!

brenda said...

These kids must be your kin.....I see auntie Sandi in their smiles!

Tongue in Cheek Antiques said...

arrows of love life and hope.