When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you, yield to him.
For even as love crowns you so shall he crucify you.
Even as he is for your growth so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and caresses your tenderest branches that quiver in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and shake them in their clinging to the earth.
All these things shall love do unto you that you may know the secrets of your heart,
And in that knowledge become a fragment of Life’s heart.
– Excerpts from Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet, On Love