Little Words – Big Impact

January 28, 2017

I was unsure about what to write today. That’s when I remembered this poem.

I had this poem by Kahlil Gibran as a part of my curriculum way back in the 9th grade. I had liked it a lot at that time. I still like it.

“I am dotted silver threads dropped from heaven
By the gods. Nature then takes me, to adorn
Her fields and valleys. 

I am beautiful pearls, plucked from the
Crown of Ishtar by the daughter of Dawn
To embellish the gardens. 

When I cry the hills laugh;
When I humble myself the flowers rejoice;
When I bow, all things are elated. 

The field and the cloud are lovers
And between them I am a messenger of mercy.
I quench the thirst of one;
I cure the ailment of the other. 

The voice of thunder declares my arrival;
The rainbow announces my departure.
I am like earthly life, which begins at
The feet of the mad elements and ends
Under the upraised wings of death. 

I emerge from the heart of the sea
Soar with the breeze. When I see a field in
Need, I descend and embrace the flowers and
The trees in a million little ways. 

I touch gently at the windows with my
Soft fingers, and my announcement is a
Welcome song. All can hear, but only
The sensitive can understand. 

The heat in the air gives birth to me,
But in turn I kill it,
As woman overcomes man with
The strength she takes from him. 

I am the sigh of the sea;
The laughter of the field;
The tears of heaven. 

So with love –
Sighs from the deep sea of affection;
Laughter from the colorful field of the spirit;
Tears from the endless heaven of memories.”

I like the last stanza the best. According to me, here, the personification is emphasized in such a manner that makes the entire piece of poetry come alive.

Amazing, what great impact little words can create!!

Mysuru, Karnataka, India

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