So this morning while out buying kitty litter--which is just one of the many glamorous things that I get to do now that I'm a published author who resides in New York City--I stopped into Morningside Bookshop, which is up the street from me on Broadway and 114th and I saw this:
It's a line from this beautiful poem by Kahlil Gibran that I used to keep on my refrigerator in L.A.:
You were born together, and together you shall be forevermore.
You shall be together when white wings of death scatter your days.
Aye, you shall be together even in the silent memory of God.
But 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 though they quiver with the same music.
Give your hearts, but not into each other's keeping.
For only the hand of Life can contain your hearts.
And stand together, yet 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.
--Marriage by Kahlil Gibran
I really have no idea what any of this has to do with anything, but seeing that I've taken to carrying my camera around so I can take pictures of random things and then post them here lest I run out of stuff to say, I thought the fact that this was hanging up in a bookstore that doesn't even have a Self-Help section was interesting.