Kahil Gibran was not a proclaimed anarchist, but like all honest people, he was an anarchist at heart. His poetry speaks of a universality, a common bond between all people, as one of his favourite quotes makes clear,"I am not a politician, nor do I
wish to become one" and "Spare me the political events and
power struggles, as the whole earth is my homeland and all men are my
fellow countrymen". Where ever he stands on the political spectrum, enjoy his poetry.
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 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.