“When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep. ” - Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
I may not have been in a relationship ever since, but this line from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran has struck me so much. Love may have been described many different times by many different literary accounts, but love is something that is difficult to explain. Deciphering the line from the poem, “though his ways are hard and steep” tells us how love isn’t always beautiful, it has its lows too. Its ways are hard, because not every relationship is perfect everyone goes through rough times, sometimes it takes a while to recover sometimes it never really recovers. It can be scary, yes but if we don’t follow love, we’ll never know the beauty it could offer.
Another line that stuck me from the poem is “All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.” All the things, the hardships, the pains we go through for love, we experience so we would know more of our hearts desires, our hearts capacity to love and these experiences and knowledge we learn, become part of us. Some of these experiences or knowledge may not be as good, which is why some people are afraid to love again. It’s okay to be afraid to love again, afraid to be hurt, afraid to be left, but that's how love hones us, its how we become stronger, how we know ourselves better. Love builds us and helps make us whole.
Love is something very powerful, it binds people, and sometimes it breaks people. Many are still confused as to what love really is, we are bombarded with questions on whether it's really love, or some type of infatuation or obsession. Love is love, and we just let it happen, we go along it’s tides, and learn from every wave it has to offer. So, I will leave you with a few more beautiful lines from the poem;
“But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.“
Read the whole poem here: http://www.katsandogz.com/onlove.html but I suggest you buy the book, because it's a very powerful compilation of poems, and discusses not only love, but life itself.
Published by Hannah Gomez