On Children

21 Januari 2011

Your children are not your children.
Anak-anakmu bukanlah anak-anakmu.
They are the sons and daughters of Life’s longing for itself.
Mereka adalah putra-putri kehidupan yang memiliki kehidupannya sendiri.

They come through you but not from you.
Mereka datang melalui dirimu tetapi bukan berasal darimu.

And though they are with you yet they belong not to you.
Meskipun mereka bersamamu tetapi mereka bukanlah milikmu.

You may give them your love but not your thoughts.
Engkau bisa memberikan cintamu tetapi tidak pikiranmu.

For they have their own thoughts.
Karena mereka memiliki pikirannya sendiri.

You may house their bodies but not their souls.
Engkau bisa memenjarakan tubuhnya, tetapi tidak jiwanya.

For their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you cannot visit, not even in your dreams.
Karena jiwa mereka bertempat tinggal di rumah Esok yang tak bisa kau kunjungi, bahkan dalam mimpi-mimpimu

Khalil Gibran, The Prophet, On Children

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