Friday, July 6, 2018

The Prophet - Kahlil Gibran - Illustrations (a study) - Part 2

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Kahlil Gibran's poetry is soulful as you can see from the excerpts and his illustrations are Blake-like, having that eerie sensuousness to it. Continuing my illustration journey of Gibran's "The Prophet," you can see the final six. In case you missed the first, read PART 1.

Thanks to every one of you who visits, takes time to read, absorb and analyse and leaves their thoughts and comments. It's hugely appreciated!

The next six:


"Oftentimes have I heard you speak of one who commits a wrong as though he were not one of you, but a stranger unto you and an intruder upon your world.
But I say that even as the holy and the righteous cannot rise beyond the highest which is in each one of you,
So the wicked and the weak cannot fall lower than the lowest which is in you also."


"The hidden well-spring of your soul must needs ride and run murmuring to the sea;
And the treasure of your infinte depths would be revealed to your eyes.
But let there be no scales to weigh your unknown treasure;
And seek not the depths of your knowledge with staff or sounding line.
For self is a sea boundless and measureless."


"When you pray you rise to meet in the air those who are praying at that very hour, and whom save in prayer you may not meet.
Therefore let your visit to that temple invisible be for naught but ecstacy and sweet communion."


"For what is it to die but to stand naked in the wind and to melt into the sun?
And what is it to cease breathing but to free the breath from its restless tides, that it may rise and expand and seek God unencumbered?
Only when you drink from the river of silence shall you indeed sing,
And when you have reached the mountain top, then you shall begin to climb,
And when the earth shall claim your limbs, then shall you truly dance."


"The mist that drifts away at dawn, leaving but dew in the fields, shall rise and gather into a cloud and then fall down in rain.
And not unlike the mist have I been.
In the stillness of the night, I have walked in your streets, and my spirit has entered your houses, 
And your heart-beats were in my heart, and your breath was upon my face, and I knew you all.
Ay, I knew your joy and your pain, and in your sleep your dreams were my dreams."


"It was but yesterday we met in a dream.
You have sung to me in my aloneness, and I of your longings have built a tower in the sky.
But now our sleep has fled and our dream is over, and it is no longer dawn.
The noontide is upon us and our half waking has turned to fuller day, and we must part.
If in the twilight of memory we should meet once more, we shall speak again together and you shall sing to me a deeper song.
And if our hands should meet in another dream we shall build another tower in the sky."

"A little while, a moment of rest upon the wind, and another woman shall bear me."

So saying "The Prophet" concludes.

Hope you enjoyed "The Prophet". Would love to hear from you.
Linking it to the PPF and the immensely talented ladies out there!


DVArtist said...

Wow this is a powerful post with equally powerful art. Well done indeed.

Linda Kunsman said...

This is so moving. Your beautiful human body drawings evoke the same feelings of the written words. well done Deepa. happy PPF!

Christine said...

Beautiful inspired art!

Tracey@Hotchpotchcreations said...

Love the movement of your figures, the background really simulates their pose. Fabulous sketches. Thank you for sharing over at PPF.
Creative wishes Tracey

Šolanje na domu-Waldorf said...

gorgeous. love the figures

How do we know said...

Loved them all! The book is a personal favorite and the illustrations in this book are very intriguing.

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Tomichan Matheikal said...

Gibran was a unique genius. Nice tribute from you.

aditya said...

Great .

Sachin Baikar said...

Beautiful art 👍 Thanks for sharing 🙂

Arti said...

Such gorgeous illustrations Deepa, loved reading the captions too! The Prophet is one of my favorite books and I can never have enough of it, very powerful post!!