Your clothes conceal much of your beauty

The Prophet

The Prophet

On Clothes – The Prophet, by Kahlil Gibran

And the weaver said, “Speak to us of Clothes.”

 And he answered:

 Your clothes conceal much of your beauty,

yet they hide not the unbeautiful.

And though you seek in garments the freedom of privacy

you may find in them a harness and a chain.

Would that you could meet the sun and the wind

with more of your skin and less of your raiment,

For the breath of life is in the sunlight

and the hand of life is in the wind.

Some of you say, “It is the north wind who has woven the clothes to wear.”

But shame was his loom,

and the softening of the sinews was his thread.

And when his work was done he laughed in the forest.

Forget not that modesty is for a shield against the eye of the unclean.

And when the unclean shall be no more,

what were modesty but a fetter and a fouling of the mind?

And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet

and the winds long to play with your hair.

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