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A "Poem a Day" from your library in celebration of National Poetry Month

4/14/2015  A "Poem of the Day" from your library in celebration of National Poetry Month. For more information click:

"A Tear and a Smile Poem" by Khalil Gibran

I would not exchange the sorrows of my heart

For the joys of the multitude.

And I would not have the tears that sadness makes

To flow from my every part turn into laughter.


I would that my life remain a tear and a smile.


A tear to purify my heart and give me understanding

Of life's secrets and hidden things.

A smile to draw me nigh to the sons of my kind and

To be a symbol of my glorification of the gods.


A tear to unite me with those of broken heart;

A smile to be a sign of my joy in existence.


I would rather that I died in yearning and longing that that I live Weary and



I want the hunger for love and beauty to be in the

Depths of my spirit, for I have seen those who are

Satisfied the most wretched of people.

I have heard the sigh of those in yearning and Longing, and it is sweeter than the

sweetest melody.


With evening's coming the flower folds her petals

And sleeps, embracing her longing.

At morning's approach she opens her lips to meet

The sun's kiss.


The life of a flower is longing and fulfillment.

A tear and a smile.


The waters of the sea become vapor and rise and come

Together and area cloud.

And the cloud floats above the hills and valleys

Until it meets the gentle breeze, then falls weeping

To the fields and joins with brooks and rivers to Return to the sea, its home.


The life of clouds is a parting and a meeting.

A tear and a smile.


And so does the spirit become separated from

The greater spirit to move in the world of matter

And pass as a cloud over the mountain of sorrow

And the plains of joy to meet the breeze of death

And return whence it came.


To the ocean of Love and Beauty ---- to God.

Khalil Gibran