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Let These be Your Desires by Khalil Gibran


"Let These be Your Desires" is a love poem written by Khalil Gibran and is one of his most famous works. It describes how one should love: "To melt and be like a running brook" and "To know the pain of too much tenderness." along with many other lines.

This poem is written as two stanzas, the first has three lines while the second has twelve for a total of sixteen lines. The first stanza acts as a lead-in for the second. The first stanza states he wants these to be someone's desire about love. The second stanza then lists everything he wishes the desires to be.


Let These be Your Desires

Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself
But if your love and must needs have desires,
Let these be your desires:

To melt and be like a running brook
That sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own understanding of love;
And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
And give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate love's ecstasy;
To return home at eventide with gratitude;
And then to sleep with a prayer
For the beloved in your heart
And a song of praise upon your lips.

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Literary Movement
New York Pen League, 19th Century