The Prophet:  Your children are not your children by Colleen Milburn

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The Prophet: Series

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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.

- from ‘The Prophet’ by Khalil Gibran

Some works from the series:
The Prophet

The Prophet: Truth

The Prophet: Time

Photo composite & digital work in Photoshop CS4. Images taken with Motorola V9 mobile phone camera. A source list of brushes I use in my work is on my profile page.

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  • butchart
    butchartover 4 years ago

    ethereal work….. great interpretation of such beautiful words……b

  • Thank you so much :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Kenart
    Kenartover 4 years ago

    This works on several levels.

  • Thank you so much :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Hathor
    Hathorover 4 years ago

    another masterpiece, brilliant!

  • Thank you so much :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Cosimo Piro
    Cosimo Piroover 4 years ago

    Colleen…..what a great joy to come across this superb timeless writing again after many, many years……and your art work is outstanding. Wonderful total journey. Thank you!

  • Thank you so much :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Cherubtree
    Cherubtreeover 4 years ago

    I am your biggest fan…just love your work!!

  • That’s so lovely of you to say, sweetie – I absolutely do appreciate your wonderful support – thank you xo

    – Colleen Milburn

  • abefleur
    abefleurover 4 years ago

    very powerful Colleen .. such a great concept and such an amazing imagination you have.

  • Oh, thank you, Deborah :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Susan  Kimball
    Susan Kimballover 4 years ago

    Thank you so much for creating such wonderful work around the words of the Prophet. Beautiful work and words!

  • Thank you so much for your wonderfully encouraging words, Susan :))

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Ingz
    Ingzover 4 years ago

    you are such a talented artist….extremely creative my dear Colleen xxx this is just WOWOWOW!! xxxx

  • Thank you so much, darling girl xo

    – Colleen Milburn

  • ginabgood1
    ginabgood1over 4 years ago

  • Thanks, Gina :)

    – Colleen Milburn

  • Lyn Evans
    Lyn Evansover 4 years ago

    Oh wow Coleen….this is fabulous hon.

  • Thank you so much, Lyn :))

    – Colleen Milburn

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