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Kahlil Gibran The Prophet – On Clothes

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On Clothes – The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.”

And he answered:

Your clothes conceal much of your beauty,

yet they hide not the unbeautiful.

And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy

you may find in them a harness and a chain.

Would that you could meet the sun and the wind

with more of your skin and less of your raiment,

For the breath of life is in the sunlight

and the hand of life is in the wind.

Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”

But shame was his loom,

and the softening of the sinews was his thread.

And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.

Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.

And when the unclean shall be no more,

what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.

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2 thoughts on “Kahlil Gibran The Prophet – On Clothes

  1. Such beautiful words and a great encouragement to all those who wish to live the naked life. I have recently written a poem based on part of this quotation:

    We are all beautiful beneath our clothes:
    The scars and spots and creases are a prose
    that tell the tale of how we live our lives
    and how each one of us survives.

    To hide them is to put away the book
    and let it gather dust lest any look
    to see what gifts nature has endowed us
    which in time for us become a bonus.

    The privacy we seek and modesty
    are not found by binding up our bodies.
    To hide these gifts is tying us in chains,
    a harness that for us can not bring gains.

    True freedom and delight are ours to find
    in trusting to the kindly sun and wind
    by taking in the life the sunshine brings;
    and let our bodies on the wind take wings.

    Bare feet and arms and naked bodies too
    shall witness to the life the wind shall blow
    and show in us true modesty and love
    from summer sun which shines from heav’n above.

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