Girl who dances in a cage (cagekitten) wrote,
Girl who dances in a cage
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marriage

I found this while reading Miles To Go Before I Sleep. Jackie read this at a wedding she attended. I think it's a description of the perfect marriage:



The Prophet on Marriage
by Khalil Gibran


Then Almitra spoke again and said...
"And what of Marriage, master?"
And he answered saying:

You were born together,
and together you shall be forevermore.

You shall be together when the white wings
of death scatter your days.

Aye, you shall be together even in the
silent memory of God.

But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens dance between you.

Love one another, but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea between
the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup but drink not from one cup.
Give one another of your bread but eat not from the same loaf.

Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each of you be alone,

Even as the strings of a lute are alone
though they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.

And stand together, yet not too near together.
For the pillars of the temple stand apart,

And the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other's shadow.




</center>It seems like the perfect relationship/marriage to me. But maybe you can help shed light on that or enlighten me to some aspects of it that I am not aware of. I am interested in your experiences.

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Have you ever experienced a relationship like the one described in this poem?

No, but I would like to.
11(37.9%)
No, my version of a good marriage does not match that philosophy (feel free to elaborate in comment).
3(10.3%)
Yes, I have had a relationship like that in the past and it was successful.
2(6.9%)
Yes, I have had a relationship like that in the past but living the philosophy of that poem did not make it successful (feel free to elaborate in comment).
1(3.4%)
I am currently involved in a relationship like the one described in the poem and I am happy with it.
8(27.6%)
I am currently involved in a relationship like the one described in the poem but living that philosophy does not make it a better relationship (feel free to elaborate in comment).
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Other - please explain in comment
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