On Our Anniversary

Today, Febin & I complete another year of married life. She forms a great influence in whatever I do. Without her support, life would have been a mess just like our bedroom becomes in her short absences. We have had tough times, testing times and some very good times. I pray and hope we stand together for many more years, spreading joy around us and within us. On this occasion, I paste here a few lines from Kahlil Gibran, which very succinctly sums up what marriage is all about. These lines were shared with me by a good friend, Sara Abdulla. Thank you for sharing it, Sara!

You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But 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.

It’s an otherwise slow Saturday. And, we are all preparing for the break of fast which would come later this evening. Good Day! Good Night!


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