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  • Writer's pictureTimothy S. Colman

Kahlil Gibran on not fearing death

It is said that before entering the sea

A river trembles with fear.


She looks back at the path she has travelled,

from the peaks of the mountains, 

the long winding road crossing forests and villages.


And in front of her,

 she sees an ocean so vast,

 that to enter

 there seems nothing more than to disappear forever.


But there is no other way.

The river can not go back.

Nobody can go back.


To go back is impossible in existence.


The river needs to take the risk 

of entering the ocean 

because only then will fear disappear 


because that’s where the river will know 

it’s not about disappearing

 into the ocean, but of becoming the ocean.



~ Kahlil Gibran

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