Archive for June 7th, 2009

Then Shall You Truly Dance

June 7, 2009
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Illustration by Khalil Gibran

A week ago Friday, I made a point to finish a seven-page section in the large book of quotes that I’ve been making my way through in alphabetical order. The section was DEATH/DYING. The next day, while reading Kahlil Gibran‘s classic work, The Prophet, I turned the page and found myself reading his monologue on death. It struck me that there was probably a reason why all this material about death and dying was presenting itself to me.

That very night, I learned that one of my very best friends, whom I had known since high school, had dropped dead of a heart attack eight days after his fiftieth birthday. I returned to Gibran’s words and found some comfort there. Here is the end of his poetic vignette:

ON DEATH

For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is to cease breathing, but to (more…)