Poetry and the Little Things

I'm a person who is all about the little things. I prefer a handwritten note, poem, or letter to almost anything you can buy in the store. When we first started dating, Kimeu gave me a book of poems with a beautiful inscription. He also tagged a few of his favorite poems from the book. Last week, I opened the book and re-read his favorite poem. To this day, I think it is one of the most honest and beautiful poems written about love. Here are a few stanzas:

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.

-Passage from Kahlil Gibran's poem, On Love From the Book The Prophet

To read the entire poem, click here.