Gibran Khalil Gibran is one of the most renowned Lebanese authors and one of the top 3 most read authors worldwide as he also wrote in English and his books have been translated into many languages.
The Broken Wings” and “The Prophet” are his most acclaimed books. The latter was initially written in English and was translated into more than forty languages.
“The Broken Wings” is a poetic novel set in Beirut. The story is about a young man and a young woman who were in love. They got separated when the woman was betrothed to the Bishop’s son. After going through many struggles, they started meeting again in secret.
In that book, the Lebanese writer dedicated a whole passage to mothers, which speaks brilliantly about his thoughts and feelings about motherhood.
“The most beautiful word on the lips of mankind is the word “Mother,” and the most beautiful call is the call of “My mother.” It is a word full of hope and love, a sweet and kind word coming from the depths of the heart.
The mother is everything −− she is our consolation in sorrow, our hope in misery, and our strength in weakness. She is the source of love, mercy, sympathy, and forgiveness.
He who loses his mother loses a pure soul who blesses and guards him constantly. Everything in nature bespeaks the mother.
The sun is the mother of earth and gives it its nourishment of heart; it never leaves the universe at night until it has put the earth to sleep to the song of the sea and the hymn of birds and brooks. And this earth is the mother of trees and flowers. It produces them, nurses them, and weans them.
The trees and flowers become kind mothers of their great fruits and seeds. And the mother, the prototype of all existence, is the eternal spirit, full of beauty and love.”