The Mark Upon the Path of the Infinite.

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Kahil Gibran’s, “The Prophet,” will be freed from the fetters of copyright protection on New Year’s Day, 2019 and enter the public domain. I think it has been in our domain since it was published in 1923 in New York City and translated into over 108 languages – the only thing that changes in a few days is the payment of royalties.

Every writer speaks of being published. We like to talk about advances, but I think what most of us really care about is influence: how will our words enter the public conversation, shift the discussion, and lead others to clarity. No one talks of receiving a large payment to keep their work unpublished.

By the measure of influence, Gibran is a wonderful success. I’ve read, reread, and savored his words so they are woven into my thinking, forming my way of understanding, and shaping my way of describing ideas.

For example:

“For even as He loves the arrow that flies,
so He loves also the bow that is stable.”

Gibran writes here about being a parent. His words also apply to a mentor, a philosopher, a gardener – anyone who nurtures something. Gibran reminds them they are also cherished.

Gibran was a bow that was stable, from which his words, as living arrows were set forth, and they found their mark, and continue to find their mark in our infinite public domain.

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