Thoughts of Her


Dear, let me share to you the beautiful lyrics of Paraiso composed by Maestro R. Cayabyab. The content is beautiful and overwhelming…it’s really a perfect understanding of society.

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PARAISO

Return to a land called Paraiso,
a place where a dying river ends.
No birds there fly over Paraiso,
no space allows them to endure.
The smoke that screens the air,
the grass that’s never there.

And if I could see a single bird, what a joy.
I try to write some words and create
a simple song to be heard
by the rest of the world.

I live in this land called Paraiso,
in a house made of cardboard floors and walls.
I learned to be free in Paraiso,
free to claim anything I see.
Matching rags for my clothes,
plastic bags for the cold.

And if empty cans were all I have, what a joy.
I never fight to take someone
else’s coins and live with fear
like the rest of the boys.

Paraiso, help me make a stand.
Paraiso, take me by the hand
Paraiso, make the world understand
that if I could see a single bird, what a joy.
This tired and hungry land could expect
some truth and hope and respect
from the rest of the world.

***

Kahlil Gibran on Love, From The Prophet

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When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to him,
Though the sword hidden among his pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in him,
Though his voice may shatter your dreams as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto himself.
He threshes you to make you naked. He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness. He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred fire, that you may become sacred bread for God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart, and in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love’s threshing-floor,
Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter, and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be possessed;
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself.
But if you love and must needs have desires, let these be your desires: To melt and be like a running brook that sings its melody to the night. To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love’s ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer for the beloved in your heart and a song of praise upon your lips.

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  1. poetreearborist
    March 21, 2009 at 5:07 am

    ah… so sweet

  2. totomel
    March 21, 2009 at 10:36 am

    thank you for visiting Ms. Poet. 🙂

  3. May 9, 2009 at 12:16 pm

    Ah, my favorite writer – Khalil Gibran… Love is sufficient unto love…

    Gibran’s words are just fluid… simple yet deep… I like the imagery of Gibran’s words along with Omar Khayyam, Kalidasa and Rabindranath Tagore…

    • totomel
      May 10, 2009 at 7:43 am

      love them too… thanks for dropping by! 🙂

  4. July 15, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Pretty cool post. I just stumbled upon your blog and wanted to say
    that I have really liked reading your blog posts. Anyway
    I’ll be subscribing to your blog and I hope you post again soon!

  5. August 2, 2009 at 2:00 pm

    i love it…i guess this shows the sweet side of you?

  6. TóTómel
    August 3, 2009 at 4:25 am

    hahaha…probably Maam.thanks for dropping by 🙂

  7. November 10, 2009 at 10:55 am

    hi, i like your blog, and can u teach me for onething, there is search for lines in your page on top, and you have added category on it, how can i add on my blog, please help me if you can , thanks
    yours
    Kumar’
    http://www.thekumar47.wordpress.com

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