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The Broken Wings
     

The Broken Wings

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by Kahlil Gibran
 

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My neighbours, you remember the dawn of youth with pleasure and regret
its passing; but I remember it like a prisoner who recalls the bars
and shackles of his jail. You speak of those years between infancy and
youth as a golden era free from confinement and cares, but I call
those years an era of silent sorrow which dropped as a seed into my
heart

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My neighbours, you remember the dawn of youth with pleasure and regret
its passing; but I remember it like a prisoner who recalls the bars
and shackles of his jail. You speak of those years between infancy and
youth as a golden era free from confinement and cares, but I call
those years an era of silent sorrow which dropped as a seed into my
heart and grew with it and could find no outlet to the world of
Knowledge and wisdom until love came and opened the heart's doors and
lighted its corners. Love provided me with a tongue and tears. You
people remember the gardens and orchids and the meeting places and
street corners that witnessed your games and heard your innocent
whispering; and I remember, too, the beautiful spot in North Lebanon.
Every time I close my eyes I see those valleys full of magic and
dignity and those mountains covered with glory and greatness trying to
reach the sky. Every time I shut my ears to the clamour of the city I
hear the murmur of the rivulets and the rustling of the branches. All
those beauties which I speak of now and which I long to see, as a
child longs for his mother's breast, wounded my spirit, imprisoned in
the darkness of youth, as a falcon suffers in its cage when it sees a
flock of birds flying freely in the spacious sky. Those valleys and
hills fired my imagination, but bitter thoughts wove round my heart a
net of hopelessness.

Every time I went to the fields I returned disappointed, without
understanding the cause of my disappointment. Every time I looked at
the grey sky I felt my heart contract. Every time I heard the singing
of the birds and babbling of the spring I suffered without
understanding the reason for my suffering. It is said that
unsophistication makes a man empty and that emptiness makes him
carefree. It may be true among those who were born dead and who exist
like frozen corpses; but the sensitive boy who feels much and knows
little is the most unfortunate creature under the sun, because he is
torn by two forces. the first force elevates him and shows him the
beauty of existence through a cloud of dreams; the second ties him
down to the earth and fills his eyes with dust and overpowers him with
fears and darkness.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940013768956
Publisher:
WDS Publishing
Publication date:
01/07/2012
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
52 KB

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The Broken Wings 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 17 reviews.
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I recently read this amazing book by Khalil Gibran. A novel that touched my heart and left me stunned. Never before, had I read such a captivating love story which according to many people, is Gibran's own story of his unsuccessful love with either Salma Karama or Hala. The powerful plot of this novel and Salma Karama¿s character will leave you breathless. The magic of Gibran's words is just awesome. I wish I knew Arabic so that I could read his work in the original language, as translation never does justice to the writer. But if the translated text is such a great reading pleasure, I can¿t even imagine the beauty of the original text. Gibran¿s artistry through words can not be explained in words as they can not incorporate Gibran's wisdom and imagination.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is my favorite book. Its so easy to read yet it's so beautiful. You will appreciate the language even if you are not a 'reader'.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this book has a great, powerful, and justicefilled message, i recomed it
Guest More than 1 year ago
Romantic, tragic, artistc, hautingly beautiful, is just some of the many ways I can describe Gibran's mastery in the 'Broken Wings'. One of the best love stories ever written, Gibran's passion resonates through the core of the readres heart like a dagger through firewood. One day, it is my dream, to set on a pilgrimage to Gibrans Tomb in Lebanon, and read The Broken Wings. They say that tears are a cleanser to the soul and I say that the Broken Wings is a mental Tune Up....
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love all that came out from this beautiful being! There is only one Gibran in this Universe!