You were born to be together
and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when the wings of death
scatter your days.
Ay, you shall be together even in your
But let there be spaces in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heaven dance between you.
Love one another, but make not a bondage 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 of the same loaf.
Sing and dance together and be joyous,
but let each 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 shadow.
- Gibran Khalil Gibran