On Children

a poem I happened upon



“Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, And though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, For they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backward nor tarries with yesterday. You are the bows from which your children as living arrows are sent forth. The archer sees the mark upon the path of the infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far. Let your bending in the archer’s hand be for gladness; For even as he loves the arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

– Khalil Gibran, On Children, from a book titled The Prophet

I happened upon this poem purely by accident when reading a post on why gitea forked gogs.

They only quoted a bit of the poem, but in seeking out the entirety of the poem I found something that really resonates with me. I think this book is going on my 2018 must-read list.

On a side note, while building my site with ef.sh I found a bug! I was using sed/awk to pull out yaml front matter, and my cli-fu was weak. Also, sed/awk are complicated when you want to pull out a multi-line string that uses the same delimeter, AND you’re not really all that familiar with the tools… enter this little hacky bit of python:

python -c 'exec("import sys\na=sys.stdin.readlines()\nfor l in a[1:]:\n\tif l.strip() == \"---\":\n\t\tsys.exit(0)\n\tprint l.strip()")