“Let there be spaces in your togetherness, And let the winds of the heavens dance between you. 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. Give your hearts, but not into each other’s keeping. For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts. And stand together, yet not too near together: For the pillars of the temple stand apart, And the oak tree and the cypress grow not in each other’s shadow.” ~ Kahlil Gibran
Possibly my most eagerly awaited movie ever.
And I mean ever. I can hardly contain my excitement while I write these words.
Kahlil Gibran’s book The Prophet, which was penned in 1923 and sold over 100 million copies, is treasured the whole world over and it has recently been made into an animated movie.
Today, February 5th 2015, it was announced that the animation has been scheduled for release in theatres this summer and I honestly cannot quite believe it.
I have adored the work of Gibran and have pored over his words in each and every book a thousand times over.
For me, Gibran is the ultimate: I quote his words, I dream of them and I’m inspired to write just by hearing his name. I have almost every book that has ever been published and I adore each dusty cover, each worn and torn page…even every underlined sentence from when words have etched their way into my soul.
Gibran’s books are unforgettable to the millions who have resonated with him and I have no doubt this animated film will have a similar affect on those that will be drawn into the cinema to indulge some more.
Gibran is soul nourishing. Magic. Nothing more, nothing less.
The story describes an unlikely friendship between a poet who is imprisoned and a mischievous young girl and will be enlightening viewing for both children and adults. The movie though is not a direct adaption of the book, but an interpretation of his work as a whole. It’s intention is to spread the message of love, freedom and the power of human expression.
GKIDs the North American distributor has bought the rights to the film which premiered last year at The Cannes Film Festival.
Liam Neeson and Salma Hayek are among other high profile stars who were casted as voice overs in the movie.
Possibly my favourite ever quote by Kahlil Gibran:
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.
Author: Alex Sandra Myles
Editor: Renée Picard
Image: Wiki Commons