By Kahlil Gibran
Submitted by Echolocation
Date: 2003 Mar 17
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Let there be spaces
in your togetherness,
And let the winds of the heavens
dance between you.

Love one another,
but make not a bond of love.
Let it rather be a moving sea
between the shores of your souls.

Fill each other's cup
but drink not from one cup,
Give one another of your bread
but eat not from the same loaf,
Sing and dance together and be joyous
but let each one of you be alone,
Even as the strings of a lute are alone
although they quiver with the same music.

Give your hearts
but not into each others' keeping,
for only the hand of life can contain your hearts,
And stand together
but not too near together:
for the pillars of the temple stand apart,
and the oak tree and the cypress
grow not in each other's shadow.