Kahil Gibran and his Reflections In his book ‘The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart’ Kahlil Gibran describes different aspects of love, changes in beloved people’s inner worlds and the path of love, hatred, tears and inspiration in general. In his poem ‘Love One Another’ Gibran depicts beloved as primarily two bonded persons, who, however, do not intend to dissolve in each other: " 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" (poetry-source.com, 2006). In this sense, the first aspect of two sweethearts is the respect for individuality and recognition of the fact that they are two different and to some degree separate human-beings.
In his essay ‘Laughter and Tears’ Gibran confirms that tears are essential component of each strong attachment, as they help express feelings. In addition, he holds that love allows gathering patience, willpower and makes person more resistable to external calamities: "It is something that gathers strength with patience, grows despite obstacles, warms in winter" (ibid). Another interesting notion which can be found in the story, is the growth of love in the situation of disconnection or lack of communication between the beloved. The author shows how the feeling flourishes, when the protagonist reflect upon it, whereas his dearest person is faraway.
Another characteristic of beloved person can be drawn from another marvelous poem – ‘Love is a Magic Ray’. In this sense, the beloved have light minds, as they full of illusionary freedom and euphoria. In fact, the author indicates that the beloved view life through rose-colored glasses, because the strong feeling facilitates and simplifies the perception of life.
The fourth poem I would like to examine is ‘The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart’, which skillfully and metaphorically ‘tests’ the genuineness of feelings, as there are several criteria which help distinguish beloved person. In general, those who have fallen in love are ready to act impulsively and irrationally: "Who among you would not cross the seas, traverse deserts, go over mountains and valleys to reach the woman whom his spirit has chosen" (ibid). They are able to break any barriers and wage real wars for the sweetheart’s attention and never betray the true nature of love. In this sense, love is depicted as a most positive and pleasurable kind of madness, or psychological transformation so that the individual under its influence has only one strong commitment to his ‘second half’.
Indeed, love is a magical feeling, especially in Gibran’s creative work: he points to the uniqueness of the beloved and their tendency to acting spontaneously. They have a strong attachment, yet recognize that the dearest person is equally unique and the whole life is needed to explore beloved soul.
Gibran, K. The Beloved: Reflections on the Path of the Heart. Available at: http://www.poetry-source.com/index.php/site/poetry, 2006.