I went to renew my poetic license today, but they said first I need to do an I exam

 

What would the world be like if we just listened to our poets? Is it even possible we could be that strong to be less stupid and listen to our prophets?

 

 

You cant sell news stories that have data and cautious predictions. Where is the panic? Where is the impending doom? C'mon people , give me something to work with here…

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..and as I was a yuppy marketing and advertising executive for the better part
of a decade, I am not really impressed with stories of selling your soul to the devil...

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Khalil Jibran Khalil – The prophet

Live as if you were to die tomorrow.
Learn as if you were to live forever."
 

What would the world be like if we just listened to our poets? Is it even possible we could be that strong to be less stupid and listen to our prophets?

 
Trees are poems the earth writes upon the sky, We cut them down and turn them into paper, That we may record our emptiness."
 

What would the world look like if we forgot our selfish pettiness, our greed, our self importance, our limitations, if we forgot for a minute what we were taught at school, by society, by our "friends", if we remembered for a single second we are all poets.

 

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

 

Kahill Gibran khalil was wise. As wise as a poet could be. It is a wonder we did not kill him, like we usually do for people who are too wise for us to bare, that are the bringers of truth to a world so distorted it does not want truth, where truth is a burden, not a prize. Well, john Lennon used some of Gibran's lines in the song 'oh julia' and we killed him, so I guess the system does work.

 
For the first time the sun kissed my own naked face and my soul was inflamed with love for the sun, and I wanted my masks no more. And as if in a trance I cried, "Blessed, blessed are the thieves who stole my masks." Thus I became a madman."
 

In the sixties and seventies his books were a big success in the U.S. and Europe. That, for me, is a good sign in itself. The seventies were time of humanistic optimism. Not economic growth optimism, not globalization marketing plan optimism, it was optimism of the human spirit, a call for peace, for love, for equality.

 

Of life's two chief prizes, beauty and truth, I found the first in a loving heart and the second in a laborer's hand. "

 

Three decades of extreme mind buggering by greedy suits later and it seems that there is a new found respect for these values, and it is time for Gibran to be read again, to be popular again, to spread words of positive discovery of the world that we live in, the world that we are.

 

The lust for comfort, that stealthy thing that enters the house a guest, and then becomes a host, and then a master. "

 

Gibran was never a social poet, and avoided being a politician against the wishes of his peers and friends. He was talking about things that are much bigger, much simpler, but he wasn’t an 'idea man' who inspired action and inflamed minds, no, he was a poet, a damn good one, and as such his job was just to show us who we are, what we are and what we can be, and he wasn’t preachy about it, no, he wasn’t a fanatic, it was all done with a smile, with a hug, in a relaxed loving way.

 
A sense of humour is a sense of proportion.
 
There was a time when 'The Prophet' was a gift you would give on birthdays, for graudations or just when you were invited to dinner. I miss those times, and I do believe Gibran's books need to be in every household, on every kindle, so we might truly hope for a better future for mankind.
 
Friendship is always a sweet responsibility, never an opportunity. "
 
Let us disperse from our aloofness and serve the weak who made us strong, and cleanse the country in which we live. Let us teach this miserable nation to smile and rejoice with heaven's bounty and glory of life and freedom."