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Canan Oner

World Member, Istanbul

Beauty Is You....

And a poet said, "Speak to us of Beauty."

Where shall you seek beauty, and how shall you find her unless she herself be your way and your guide?

And how shall you speak of her except she be the weaver of your speech?

The aggrieved and the injured say, "Beauty is kind and gentle.

Like a young mother half-shy of her own glory she walks among us."

And the passionate say, "Nay, beauty is a thing of might and dread.

Like the tempest she shakes the earth beneath us and the sky above us."

The tired and the weary say, "beauty is of soft whisperings. She speaks in our spirit.

Her voice yields to our silences like a faint light that quivers in fear of the shadow."

But the restless say, "We have heard her shouting among the mountains,

And with her cries came the sound of hoofs, and the beating of wings and the roaring of lions."

At night the watchmen of the city say, "Beauty shall rise with the dawn from the east."

And at noontide the toilers and the wayfarers say, "we have seen her leaning over the earth from the windows of the sunset."

In winter say the snow-bound, "She shall come with the spring leaping upon the hills."

And in the summer heat the reapers say, "We have seen her dancing with the autumn leaves, and we saw a drift of snow in her hair."

All these things have you said of beauty.

Yet in truth you spoke not of her but of needs unsatisfied,

And beauty is not a need but an ecstasy.

It is not a mouth thirsting nor an empty hand stretched forth,

But rather a heart enflamed and a soul enchanted.

It is not the image you would see nor the song you would hear,

But rather an image you see though you close your eyes and a song you hear though you shut your ears.

It is not the sap within the furrowed bark, nor a wing attached to a claw,

But rather a garden forever in bloom and a flock of angels for ever in flight.

People of Orphalese, beauty is life when life unveils her holy face.

But you are life and you are the veil.

Beauty is eternity gazing at itself in a mirror.

But you are eternity and you are the mirror.

Khalil Gibran

Comments 27

  • Patrick DESSE 03/08/2009 12:00

    Tout simplement magnifique.....j'aime beaucoup ce bleu qui semble sortir d'une palette inconnue.....une peinture.....bravo.
  • Comy 03/07/2009 22:09

  • Michael Grotkamp 03/07/2009 13:41

    shot and poéme: great...
  • vittorio L 03/06/2009 23:56

    Spectacular colours and beautiful shot.
    Ciao Vittorio
  • Maria João Arcanjo 03/06/2009 22:45

    Fantastic photo. Beautiful poem! Thanks dear Canan!
  • Pozer Katalin 03/06/2009 22:31

    Wonderful image with a great and thoughtful poems.
    Thanks for sharing its beauty...
    Hugs, Kati
  • Annick 03/06/2009 21:38

    Une merveille, j'adore ces couleurs et cette lumière très douce, félicitations Canan.
  • de ceulaer 03/06/2009 19:57

    So delicate flowers and great poetry !
    br alain
  • adriana lissandrini 03/06/2009 19:43

    Your floral compositions are rich with poetry and beauty. dear Canan, I love it!!!!
    many hugs Adriana
  • CsomorLászló 03/06/2009 19:27

    Ne koku olduğunu!
  • redfox-dream-art-photography 03/06/2009 18:29


    bw, redfox
  • Fons van Swaal 03/06/2009 14:42

    Very nice work as always ......
  • Claire Laira 03/06/2009 10:56

    e x c e l l e n t !
  • Charly Roggow 03/06/2009 10:20

    Wow,what a beautiful presentation.
    Greetings Charly
  • Babs Sch 03/06/2009 10:01

    Wonderful soft Flowers...
    LG Babs
  • Anca Silvia B. 03/06/2009 9:52

    mis gibi...:))))
    Love and hugs,Anca
  • Sabine Sirey 03/06/2009 8:46

    Harika bir sunum!
    Tebrikler ve kocaman opucukler))
  • JURAFR 03/06/2009 7:54

    Trés beau cliché , il se dégage beaucoup de poésie , excellete présentation , un grand bravo
  • Alexandru Valentin Iedu 03/06/2009 7:50

  • Denis Heirendt 03/06/2009 6:49

    Soft and beautiful... a great job!
    Cheers, Denis
  • Ayse Nalan Yasin 03/06/2009 6:28

    What a beautiful picture, colour and the music.
    makes my day shiny
  • Waldi W. 03/06/2009 6:07

    this poetry fits perfect to this beutiful pic
    lg waldi
  • Kaith Kakavouli 03/06/2009 5:30

    beauty is inside us......
    wonderful flower !!!
    Khalil Gibran... grteat poet !!!
  • Tad Kanazaki 03/06/2009 1:54

    Wow,what a beautiful presentation.
    Bw Tad.
  • Adele Oliver 03/06/2009 1:53

    Your image is exquisite, Canan - and the poem is beautiful. Thank you for both!
    hugs, Adele


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