Monday, May 17, 2010

Joy and Sorrow


Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.

And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises
was oftentimes filled with your tears.

And how else can it be?

The deeper that sorrow carves into your being,
the more joy you can contain.


                                                  — Kahlil Gibran




Poem for a Friend

A soft rain this morning, and I am prey
to distant trains and mourning doves.

A streetlight’s on beneath a tree’s dark cloud,
back again for one more song.

And that, my little one,
is how I will remember you.

14 comments:

Janice said...

William both of these poems are so beautiful. The second one to your friend is very touching and so like you...

I love reading what you have to say and your drawings really make me stop and use my imagination, which is also good for all of us :)

Thank you for your caring words left on my blog. I'm better but still very tired which I know that you understand only to well...

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Janice. “Joy and Sorrow” is from Gibran’s wonderful book, The Prophet, a work I highly recommend.

And I suspect that you will be tired for a time. In these situations, each day really is its own journey. Strength and inspiration arrive suddenly when least expected, allowing you to carry on.

Old 333 said...

Lovely pictures, lovely words. Thanx man.

P

William Michaelian said...

PG, thank you.

Wine and Words said...

Thank you William. Was sustenance to me...thinking of tears carving tributaries to canyons...which will hold greater joy.

"All of the happiness you seek
All of the joy for which you pray
Is closer than you think
It's just 100 tears away" (100 Tears Away - Vonda Shepard)

~ Annie

William Michaelian said...

Beautiful — thank you, Annie.

Woman in a Window said...

THAT that Kahlil Gibran writes of keeps me going through the good and the bad.

Your poem is like a gentle hand, William. Hope it helps your friend.

xo
erin

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Erin, for that that, which, in your kindness, you convey.

rahina q.h. said...

the first was uplifting and made me smile.... the second, a feast for the imagination:)

nouvelles couleurs - vienna atelier said...

Hi William!!
The fist one, from Kahlil Gibran, is so true...

and the second one, from you is so intence that i cann feel the soft mornign rain... unbilivibol
thank you!

ps: during this period I'm not a lot on Iternet, but when I'm online, I came always to reading you!!

Alberto Oliver said...

And i read your lines, and began thinking. And i read your lines, and the mind came with feelings, feelings that lack of a shapre. And i read your lines, and out there was raining as well, and i did smile. . .
. . and that is what make you a poet.

William Michaelian said...

Thank you, Rahina. A smile and a feast. Good news, twice told.

Hello, Laura, and thank you. I’m honored, and so glad you like the poem. Gibran makes a nice umbrella!

Alberto, your response is a poem. After reading it, I looked out the window again to see if I can see what you are seeing.

don't be emily said...

Thank you yet again,William. Thank you.

William Michaelian said...

You’re welcome, Katie. That fact is, on more than one occasion, without knowing or trying, you have done the same for me.