Half Life

Do not love half lovers

Do not entertain half friends

Do not indulge in works of the half talented

Do not live half a life and do not die a half death

 

If you choose silence, then be silent

When you speak, do so until you are finished

Do not silence yourself to say something

And do not speak to be silent

If you accept, then express it bluntly

Do not mask it

If you refuse then be clear about it

for an ambiguous refusal

is but a weak acceptance

 

Do not accept half a solution

Do not believe half truths

Do not dream half a dream

Do not fantasize about half hopes

 

Half a drink will not quench your thirst

Half a meal will not satiate your hunger

Half the way will get you no where

Half an idea will bear you no results

 

Your other half is not the one you love

It is you in another time yet in the same space

It is you when you are not

 

Half a life is a life you didn’t live,

A word you have not said

A smile you postponed

A love you have not had

A friendship you did not know

To reach and not arrive

Work and not work

Attend only to be absent

 

What makes you a stranger to those closest to you

and them strangers to you

 

The half is a mere moment of inability

but you are able for you are not half a being

You are a whole that exists

to live a life not half a life.

 

~ Kahlil Gibran

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