Parables of Khalil Gibran: The Scarecrow

Khalil Gibran (source: Wikimedia Commons)

Once I said to a scarecrow, “You must be tired of standing in this lonely field.”

And he said, “The joy of scaring is a deep and lasting one, and I never tire of it.”

Said I, after a minute of thought, “It is true; for I too have known that joy.”

Said he, “Only those who are stuffed with straw can know it.”

Then I left him, not knowing whether he had complimented or belittled me.

A year passed, during which the scarecrow turned philosopher.

And when I passed by him again I saw two crows building a nest under his hat.

Source of the parable: The Madman: His Parables and Poems

Available at: The Project Gutenberg, retrieved: July 20, 2015

Khalil Gibran, according to Wikipedia, is “the third best-selling poet of all time, behind Shakespeare and Laozi”  (retrieved: July 20, 2015).

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