And a poet said, “Speak to us of Beauty.”
Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?
And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

The aggrieved and the injured say, “Beauty is kind and gentle.
Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us.”
And the passionate say, “Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.
Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us.”

The tired and the weary say, “beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.
Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow.”
But the restless say, “We have heard her shouting among the mountains,
And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions.”

At night the watchmen of the city say, “Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east.”
And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, “we have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset.”
In winter say the snow-bound, “She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills.”
And in the summer heat the reapers say, “We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair.”
All these things have you said of beauty.
Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,
And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.
It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,
But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.
It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,
But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.
It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,
But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.
But you are life and you are the veil.
Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.
But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Kahlil Gibran (1883 – 1931)

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  • artisandelimage
    artisandelimageabout 5 years ago

  • Dawn B Davies-McIninch
    Dawn B Davies-...about 5 years ago

    a perfect shot and such a beautiful image, stunning,dawnx

  • as always, a much appreciated comment, thank you dawn !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • J.K. York
    J.K. Yorkabout 5 years ago

    i love these giant lily pads. they are very well balanced in your crop here. excellent placement of the blossom in the frame. a very Zen-like image. well done.

  • thank you so much for this great comment !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • billfox256
    billfox256about 5 years ago

    Terrific shot!!!!, Bill

  • thank you bill, as always your comment is much appreciated !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Fran E.
    Fran E.about 5 years ago

    Très belle couleur cuivrée.

  • merci infiniment !
    sincerement, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • JudyBJ
    JudyBJabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful composition and shot but most of all i love the tones

  • glad you do, thank you judy !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • frogster
    frogsterabout 5 years ago

    Very lovely

  • another much appreciated comment, thank you larry !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • Pamela Phelps
    Pamela Phelpsabout 5 years ago

    Such beauty in art and words!

  • thank you for noticing the inspiring words from gibran and for another much appreciated comment !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • 1Nino
    1Ninoabout 5 years ago

    Beautiful all around Friend!!

  • thank you anthony !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

  • rodeorose
    rodeoroseabout 5 years ago

    Reading Gibran is always a special moment Francis, and this image the perfect accompaniment.

  • I agree (about gibran) and thank you (for another much appreciated comment) !
    my best, francis.

    – artisandelimage

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