The poet-philosopher-artist, Kahlil Gibran (1883-1931), was born in northern Lebanon. His parents migrated to the United States of America in 1895 and he grew up in the Syrian community in the South End of Boston, Massachusetts. Kahlil Gibran’s literary masterpiece, The Prophet (1923), which he illustrated with his own mystical drawings, is an expression of the deepest human impulses. Another very renowned work of his, Jesus the Son of Man (1928), is an inspired and unorthodox portrayal of Christ’s essential character.

The following excerpt is taken from Gibran’s collection of parables in The Forerunner (1920): 

The Weather-cock 

Said the weather-cock to the wind, “How tedious and monotonous are you! Can you not blow any other way but in my face? You disturb my God-given stability.” And the wind did not answer. It only laughed in space.  

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