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 you,
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 tomorrow,
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 children
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 your bending in the archer's hand be for gladness;
For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.
- On Children by Kahlil Gibran
This calligraphy art print was inspired by the poem "On Children." What beauty there is in the imagery ... How blessed we are to be parents, from which our children as living arrows will fly!
Details: This poem was hand-lettered by Lauren Jackson, printed on your choice of 8x10, 11x14 or 16x20 heavy 100 lb. felt card stock. Your art will be packaged and protected with thick backer board in a clear envelope and shipped in a stayflat shipping envelope. Frame is not included, only shown for reference. For suggestions on the best way to gift, frame or display your art, click on the FAQ page.