On Pain

A beautiful poem by Khalil Gibran about coping with grief and suffering. Suitable for reading as a funeral poem or eulogy.

On Pain

Your pain is the breaking of the shell

that encloses your understanding.


Even as the stone of the fruit must break, that its

heart may stand in the sun, so must you know pain.


And could you keep your heart in wonder

at the daily miracles of your life, your pain

would not seem less wondrous than your joy;


And you would accept the seasons of your

heart, even as you have always accepted

the seasons that pass over your fields.


And you would watch with serenity

through the winters of your grief.


Much of your pain is self-chosen.


It is the bitter potion by which the

physician within you heals your sick self.


Therefore trust the physician, and drink

his remedy in silence and tranquility:


For his hand, though heavy and hard, is guided

by the tender hand of the Unseen,

And the cup he brings, though it burn your lips,

has been fashioned of the clay which the Potter

has moistened with His own sacred tears.


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