Cedars of Lebanon

Khalil Gibran finished his poems

and the cedars of Lebanon carried it.                                                                                                                                      

Ask him about the rivers of Babylon

and he will tell you

as if you were there.

 

Ask him about the Galilee

and you will hear echoes of the past.

 

Ask him about the soul

and he will sing the wordless song.

 

The poet would walk to the cedars of Lebanon.

Sit by a tree.

And listen.

 

Immersed in the fragrance of the cedar trees.

The poet would drink water from the trees.

 

First then would the poet find a pen

and write about women and men.

 

Tall majestic Cedrus libani; the glory of Lebanon.

The glory of the Temple of Solomon.

 

When Gibran had been deeply rooted with the cedars

he would climb the great Mount Lebanon

and hear the Cedars of Heaven.                    *(Arabic: أرز الربّ‎ Arz ar-Rabb.)

 

And from the top of Mount Lebanon

the poet would view Mount Hermon;

and view the Mount of Beatitudes;

showing great attitudes.

 

When the poet came down from Mount Lebanon

he wrote the poem, Song of Man.        *(‘Song of Man’ is a poem by Gibran.)

 

Did you see waving hands in trees?

 

“He holds council with the trees of the forest,

but not with men.”               *(From Gibran’s “The Prophet”, ‘The Farewell’.)

 

“Poet, you are the life of this life.”          *(From Gibran’s poem, ‘The Poet’.)

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The poem is available in this PDF file (click here). Recommended.

About the Author
From London, Britain, Benjamin Kurzweil is sharing his interest in storytelling and comic pun style poems - with a Jewish twist.
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