We ask Creator that wolves may be allowed to run free again, that they be able to live, to be a part of us, to be a part of our land, to be a part of the creation for which they were intended.
~ Blessing by Nez Perz elder Horace Axtell during a ceremony celebrating the return of wolves to Idaho.
I offer you this flame as a symbol of our friendship. May it burn forever bright. Blessings of love & light be upon you....all ways.
And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolf-like, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. -----Jack London, The Call of the Wild
We are all connected. This is a place to be a voice for the voiceless, spread awareness, share our concerns,and take action to end the war on wildlife, while promoting sustainability, encouraging bio...
Touch the Earth, love the Earth Honour the Earth, her plains, Her valleys, her hills,and her seas. Rest your spirit in her solitary places. For the gifts of life are the Earth's And they are given to all.
~ Henry Beston, The Outermost House ~
"Peace comes within the souls of men, when they realize their oneness with the Universe, when they realize it is really everywhere... it is within each one of us."
~ Black Elk, Lakota Medicine Man ~
Gratitude MM. Much love.
I arise today through the strength of heaven: Light of sun, Radiance of moon, Splendour of fire. Speed of lightning, Swiftness of wind, Depth of sea, Stability of earth, Firmness of rock. ~~ Saint Patrick ~~
In some mysterious way woods have never seemed to me to be static things. In physical terms, I move through them; yet in metaphysical ones, they seem to move through me. ~~ John Fowles ~~
Grandfather Great Spirit All Over The World The Faces Of Living Things Are Alike. With Tenderness, They Have Come Up Out Of The Ground. Look Upon Your Children That They May Face The Winds And Walk The Good Road To The Day Of Quiet. Grandfather Great Spirit Fill Us With The Light. Give Us The Strength To Understand And The Eyes To See. Teach Us To Walk The Soft Earth As Relatives To All That Live.
"Human progress is neither automatic nor inevitable... Every step toward the goal of justice requires sacrifice, suffering, and struggle; the tireless exertions and passionate concern of dedicated individuals." "Cowardice asks the question, 'Is it safe?' Expediency asks the question, 'Is it politic?' Vanity asks the question, 'Is it popular?' But, conscience asks the question, 'Is it right?' And there comes a time when one must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because one's conscience tells one that it is right." ~~ Martin Luther King ~~
“We can try to kill all that is native, string it up by its hind legs for all to see, but spirit howls and wildness endures.” "To be whole. To be complete. Wildness reminds us what it means to be human, what we are connected to rather than what we are separate from." ~~ Terry Tempest Williams ~~
“The question is whether any civilization can wage relentless war on life without destroying itself, and without losing the right to be called civilized.” “It is a wholesome and necessary thing for us to turn again to the earth and in the contemplation of her beauties to know the sense of wonder and humility." ~~ Rachel Carson ~~
" The moment one gives close attention to anything, even a blade of grass, it becomes a mysterious, awesome, indescribably magnificent world in itself. ~~ Henry Miller ~~
"There is in all visible things an invisible fecundity, a dimmed light, a meek namelessness, a hidden wholeness. This mysterious unity and integrity is wisdom, the mother of us all, "natura naturans." There is in all things an inexhaustible sweetness and purity, a silence that is a fountain of action and joy. It rises up in wordless gentleness, and flows out to me from the unseen roots of all created beings. ~~ Thomas Merton ~~
“Animals, like us, are living souls. They are not things. They are not objects. Neither are they human. Yet they mourn. They love. They dance. They suffer. They know the peaks and chasms of being.” ― Gary Kowalski, The Souls of Animals ~~
"Look deep into the eyes of any animal, and then for a moment, trade places, their life becomes as precious as yours and you become as vulnerable as them. Now smile if you believe all animals deserve our respect and our protection, for in a way, they are us, and we are them." ~~ Philip Ochoa Board Member, ALL FOR ANIMALS ~~
“The human spirit is not dead. It lives on in secret... It has come to believe that compassion, in which all ethics must take root, can only attain its full breadth and depth if it embraces all living creatures and does not limit itself to mankind.” ~~ Albert Schweitzer ~~
“In mythos and fairy tales, deities and other great spirits test the hearts of humans by showing up in various forms that disguise their divinity. They show up in robes, rags, silver sashes, or with muddy feet. They show up with skin dark as old wood, or in scales made of rose petal, as a frail child, as a lime-yellow old woman, as a man who cannot speak, or as an animal who can. The great powers are testing to see if humans have yet learned to recognize the greatness of soul in all its varying forms.” ~~ Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run with the Wolves ~~
THE WOLF DELISTING SCHEME: THIS IS THE MENTALITY THAT IS BEING FOSTERED AND THE MALFEASANCE THAT HAS BEEN REWARDED...NOW BEING PAID FOR IN WOLF BLOOD. Terms such as "the exact right language", boasts of "writing a book" , or even "a Harvard case study on how to do what most say can't be done." What is the most disquieting concept of all-- a hint alluding to the delisting of hawks next. This is the precedence that has been set in motion and the misdeeds that are being encouraged through the unconscionable manner in which the Grey wolf was delisted by Congress. http://www.trapshooters.com/cfpages/thread.cfm?thr... (Unfortunately the text to Trapshooter's blog & comments are now only available to members although the quotes above were taken from it verbatim)
*** "The true test of civilization is not the census, nor the size of cities, nor the crops - no, but the kind of man the country turns out." "Our people are slow to learn the wisdom of sending character instead of talent to Congress. Again and again they have sent a man of great acuteness, a fine scholar, a fine forensic orator, and some master of the brawls has crunched him up in his hands like a bit of paper." ~~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~~
"America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves." "Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." ~~ Abraham Lincoln ~~
"Few are altogether deaf to the preaching of pine trees. Their sermons on the mountains go to our hearts; and if people in general could be got into the woods, even for once, to hear the trees speak for themselves, all difficulties in the way of forest preservation would vanish." ~~ John Muir ~~
“No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.” "A human being is a part of a whole, called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated from the rest... a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty." ~~ Albert Einstein ~~
"Only the mountain has lived long enough to listen objectively to the howl of the wolf.” "Like winds and sunsets, wild things were taken for granted until progress began to do away with them. Now we face the question whether a still higher 'standard of living' is worth its cost in things natural, wild and free. " ~~ Aldo Leopold ~~
"The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the way its animals are treated" "There is a higher court than courts of justice and that is the court of conscience. It supersedes all other courts." ~~ Gandhi ~~
"Our humanity rests upon a series of learned behaviors, woven together into patterns that are infinitely fragile and never directly inherited." “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed, citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~~ Margaret Mead ~~
Welcome Friends to my page.... it is both a tribute to the spirit, beauty and agile grace of Brother Wolf, and a dedication to his continuous struggle to survive in an ever burgeoning world of precarious priorities and misconstrued beliefs.
To watch a wolf in communion with his surroundings, completely attuned to his senses --- every movement a celebration of motion --- is to reach down into your very soul and embrace the stirrings of ancient times long past. A time rooted in a belief of profound mystery...in things seen and unseen... of inner knowing and outer awareness... a time we yearn for once again.
He is " Neither God, Nor Devil," ( Eva - Lena Rehnmark ) but he IS simply WOLF...strong, determined and resilient. He teaches us to embrace our "wild" nature, to trust our instinct....our forgotten heritage... while calling into action the attributes of loyalty, togetherness, unity, kinship and cooperation, qualities that we should also emulate... and practice daily.
" Man and wolf are not only of one earth, but they are also of one essence. The wolf is an endangered species today, thanks to man; and mankind, through his own actions in ignorance, is no less endangered." ~~Michael W. Fox...The Soul of the Wolf
To merely protect the wolf is not enough...we must also be willing to commit ourselves to preserving the wild places that both he, and other wildlife,call home. We must also strive not to conquer everything in our path....rather learn to work WITH Nature...not against her, supporting projects that encourage biodiversity.... and in doing so we nurture our own existence as well. At the end of the day we need to ask ourselves... "do we care enough" OR "do we care at all...?"
" See me as I am, not as you wish to use me," is the silent cry of wilderness, of wolf, whale, forest and ocean alike." ~~ Michael W. Fox, The Soul of the Wolf
"We reached the old wolf in time to watch a fierce green fire dying in her eyes. I realized then, and have known ever since, that there was something new to me in those eyes--something known only to her and to the mountain. I was young then, and full of trigger itch; I thought that because fewer wolves meant more deer, that no wolves would mean a hunters' paradise. But seeing the green fire die, I sensed that neither the wolf nor the mountain agreed with such a view. ~~ Aldo Leopold ~~
These are the faces of senseless suffering, and the fate of our beloved canines, as well as all the other unfortunate victims that are caught by these indiscriminate methods. May all those involved in this senseless slaughter find the very same mercy that they extend to the wolves.
WYOMING WOLF HUNTS: Wolves are considered vermin in Wyoming and may be shot-on-sight. They may be killed for ANY reason at ANY time, and by ANY means....no license required in 90% of the state. They are only protected in a special Trophy Zone in the remaining northwest corner, so that they may be hunted.
"Once a man can see a tree, a wolf, or his fellow and value the other for what it , he, or she is, then his world will be very different. Kinship with nature is the key to this awareness. No man can look inward, however, when he is looking at the world through the sights on his gun, which is a world view as narrow and destructive as his egocentric perception and values." ~~ Michael W. Fox, The Soul of The Wolf
SENDING OUT PROTECTIVE ENERGIES TO YOU DEAR WOLF
Friends of Animals, Alliance for the Wild Rockies, Friends of the Clearwater and WildEarth Guardians appealed to the 9th Circuit Court, asking for the judges to decide based upon the merits of the case. Oral arguments were heard on November 8th, 2011. Unfortunately our pleas had fallen upon deaf ears and the original ruling remains in effect.
Please take a few minutes to read the magnificent appeal these wonderful individuals have written on behalf of the wolves. An added extra special touch to this appeal was an opening brief " Think Like A Mountain" by Aldo Leopold. Aldo speaks from a place of deep instinctive insightfullness, it is in essence, the voice of Spirit and Call Of The Wild. Aldo’s personal epiphany speaks of what it means to be humbled, to see the grander scheme of things. This is the impetus of our journey back to nature, and by extension…to ourselves. http://www.wildrockiesalliance.org/news/2011/0908w...
For those on Face Book...please friend Wolf Warriors, and Howl Across America. Once again, please follow Howling For Justice, WE VOW, Predator Defense, and others listed below for the very latest updates.
The Gray Wolf has been deemed inconvenient and expendable. Congress has not only delisted, but permanently exempted him from any future protection. This was not accomplished with sound science, as required by the ESA, not with open and honest debate or even a single piece of legislation, but as governance by rider, in a must pass budget bill...and no judicial review. Signed into law by President Obama on April 13th, 2011. Not only is this action unprecedented, it is totally inappropriate behavior; an egregious abuse of power, and is viewed as such. It is time to follow our heart, heed our conscience, and stand united. Let us continue to HOWL for the wolf, and let our voices be heard. Decide for yourself...the wolves.... other wildlife and nature already know.
When Congress delisted the Gray wolf, they also corrupted one of our most important bedrock environmental laws, leaving the future of the ESA itself in jeopardy, with the fate of other imperiled species subject to the same political whim. The question we are all asking now is: Which species is next...and for whom...? And we need to keep asking all those irreverent questions that vex our hearts and perturb our minds. Politicians need to know that the dust from this debacle will never settle, until justice is restored.
The Endangered Species Act of 1973 was signed into law by President Richard Nixon on December 28, 1973, it was designed to protect critically imperiled species from extinction as a "consequence of economic growth and development untempered by adequate concern and conservation."
The words "consequence" and "untempered by adequate concern" certainly apply to the Gray wolf, and America’s landscape will suffer the travesty of an incomplete legacy if state management plans do not provide reasonable and responsible wolf management. Regardless of whatever politics has mandated, wolves will continue to be endangered as long as there is a persistent, reckless concern for their survival.
"At my crankiest, I want to give the hyperbolists a good rhetorical shaking. Listen, people, wolves aren't going to cause the decline of Western civilization, anymore than they're going to restore symmetry to the cosmos. They will cause some fascinating changes, and once in a while they may cause some trouble. If we can muster the wisdom, we can find enough satisfaction in the changes to let us tolerate the trouble." ~~ The Hyberbolic Wolf by Paul Schullery - Out Among The Wolves - Contemporary Writings On The Wolf
SYMBOLISM & THE WOLF:
Throughout history the wolf has been vilified and unjustly persecuted due to superstition, prejudice, ignorance,and irrational fear. In our more recent history there has been a deeper appreciation for the wolf's presence within our landscape, yet there have also been "wolf wars" raging in the Northern Rockies, fuelled by a vehement hatred of this intelligent, sentient, apex species. The wolf is not merely just another predator,he is a symbol and surrogate of deeper issues and wider conflicts.
Barry Lopez states that we treat wolves differently than other predators. “ But the wolf is fundamentally different because the history of killing wolves shows far less restraint and far more perversity. A lot of people didn’t just kill wolves they tortured them. They set wolves on fire and tore their jaws out and cut their Achilles tendons and turned dogs loose on them. They poisoned them with strychnine, arsenic, and cyanide,on such a scale that millions of other animals were killed in the process.”
This is senseless brutality that leaves us not far removed from the ancient Romans who applauded death and suffering as entertainment. I would have hoped after so many epochs, as a modern society, we would have risen above the atrocities of the past to learn a lesson.
Mankind too often views the wolf only as a beast, and fears most what is also within himself, a wild nature that can not be tamed. Human insecurity has lethal consequences, and closed minds eventually create calloused hearts. Obviously, we are trying to silence something more than merely an animal whenever we allow this darker side of human nature to speak. It is here where we succumb to ignorance or apathy. To first judge,and then cull what we fear or do not understand. I have heard many an argument about how wolves kill their prey as being inhumane, yet it is man that is the true beast. http://www.wildrockiesalliance.org/issues/wolves/a...
The complexities and diversity of the situation go far beyond wolves. Symbolism behind any belief is a strong force not to be reckoned with. Our beliefs represent who we are and we defend them with all the passion within us. As a surrogate, the wolf is caught up within our inner struggles and outer reactions. And challenges not only our acceptance, but also our compassion. Wolves dare to defy dominion, and are a constant thorn in the side of those who cling to the concept. How do you respect or appreciate an animal that you can not domesticate or use as food…?
Humankind needs the wolf. We see in the wolf those values and traits without we as a species will perish. A human being without a family, without roots, without work, a human being without a sense of place, of location,of community, is like a wolf without its pack, its home territory, its sense of belonging and purpose and security. The person becomes alienated, fearful, opportunistic, amoral, and , above all, alone. A society--or worse, a world-- built of such people has lost its center, its heritage, and quite possibly determined its downfall. The wolf reminds us what we cannot forget: that our origins are out there in the cold, windy outback of time, and that we are, despite all of the tinsel and trappings of civilization, still very much a part of that wild nature. ~~ ~~ John A. Murray
"To protect what is wild is to protect what is gentle. Perhaps the wilderness we fear is the pause within our own heartbeats, the silent space that says we live only by grace. Wilderness lives by that same grace" ~~ Terry Tempest Williams ~~
" We need another and wiser and perhaps a more mystical concept of animals. Remote from universal nature,and living by complicated artifice, man in civilization surveys the creature through the glass of his knowledge and sees thereby a feather magnified and the whole image in distortion. We patronize them for their incompleteness,for their tragic fate of having taken form so far below ourselves. And therein we err and greatly err. For the animal shall not be measured by man. In a world older and more complete than ours they move finished and complete, gifted with extensions of the senses we have lost or never attained, living by the voices we shall never hear. They are not brethren, they are not underlings, they are other nations, caught with ourselves in the net of life and time, fellow prisoners of the splendor and travail of the earth." ~~Henry Beston, The Outermost House ~~
Our bodies have formed themselves in delicate reciprocity with the manifold textures, sounds, and shapes of an animate earth- our eyes have evolved in subtle interaction with other eyes, as our ears are attuned by their very structure to the howling of the wolves and the honking of the geese. To shut ourselves off from these other voices, to continue by our lifestyles to condemn these other sensibilities to the oblivion of extinction,is to rob our own senses of their integrity, and to rob our minds of their coherence. We are human only in contact , and in conviviality, with what is not human. ~~ David Abram, The Spell of the Sensuous
The wolf was once widely seen as a symbol of the depravity of wilderness; it is now to many a symbol of the nobility of nature. Largely by the use of symbols we nearly eradicated the wolf. Largely by manipulating symbols, we may yet save it. ~~ Peter Steinhart, The Company of Wolves
Wilderness is their birthright within the web of life where they once roamed wild and free. Wolves are true vestiges of the wilderness spirit, both revered and feared, their piercing melancholic cries resounding through the tall pines, announcing a presence that helps to maintain the natural balance. http://www.wolvesandhumans.org/articles/why_do_we_...
The early church declared the wolf an abomination, viewing him as the devil incarnate. With the arrival of the Europeans, came a robust loathing of wolves, they were seen as " the essence of wildness and cruel predation, the ally of barbaric Indians, a creature of twilight." The practice of shooting wolves began in the 16th century, and in 1630 the first wolf bounties were established in Massachusetts. Our attitude towards the wolf began to completely shift when our culture adopted a lifestyle dependent on domesticated livestock, which deemed humans and wolves...incompatible.
By the 1930's wolves were exterminated as a scourge from the lower 48, with the exception of the far upper Midwest. 70 years of silenced howls fell upon the land until wolves were re-introduced into Yellowstone in 1995 with the release of 14 wolves from Canada, Alaska and British Columbia. In 1996, another 17 were released and by 2003 the gray wolf was down listed from endangered to threatened status. In 2003, the estimated wolf populations were 325. Their presence "is considered to be the most successful wildlife re-introduction project in the history of the 27 year old Endangered Species Act." reestablishing a vital missing link within the ecosystem, and Yellowstone flourished. http://www.pbs.org/now/shows/609/index.html
If only it could be that simple....
With an awareness that we are not separate from nature....but a part of it, the ancients revered animals as sacred. They were not seen merely as lowly beasts, rather as companions...teachers.... guides and guardians....a tradition as old as humanity itself. Even the ritual of the hunt was considered sacred as they gave thanks to the animal's spirit for their many gifts, while disrespecting the laws of the hunt were strictly taboo. Concepts that are completely lost within our tortured world of jagged reasoning...viewing everything we see as inferior, to be subdued... property.
Wolves show strong, long-lasting mate preferences, and their social bonds are second only to those of humans and non human primates....loyal ties that bind them together within the hierarchy of the pack. In fact, wolves are a lot like humans, which is why many consider them to be arch rivals. Likewise, communicating through body language, facial expressions and vocalizations, wolves are intelligent, territorial, and altruistic...sometimes bringing food to a sick or injured pack-mate until they can hunt again. Members of the pack will also leave food at a den entrance while a mother wolf cares for her new born cubs ... which the entire pack will then help to raise. Merely the simple act of curling up beside a dead companion, conveys their capacity to grieve.
Wolves are also predatory hunters, as are we, although they do not kill for pleasure, profit or trophy... out of hatred, or because they are malicious. They hunt to survive, and to feed their young, it is as basic as that, preying upon the sick, lame and weak which helps to establish a healthier more vigorous gene pool. What is left after a kill ripples down through the food chain to benefit other scavengers, such as ravens, bald eagles, golden eagles, coyotes and bears. While other nutrients from decomposition return to the Earth, enriching the soil and nourishing plant growth... an intrinsic function of the regeneration cycle that nature has provided since the beginning of time. The only "crime" they commit is that they are sometimes in direct competition for the same food source as humans.
And for this they are slaughtered.
In Alaska, while still governor, Sarah Palin feigned concern for nature, while at the same time made the barbaric practice of aerial gunning legal with such cavalier indifference. She had also proposed a bounty incentive of $150.00 for the severed right forelimb of each wolf killed. Although her reign as governor has ended, the bloody legacy continues.
Shamefully, this is flagrant evidence of the extent of calloused disconnection we have towards our natural world where we can show so little respect for life, yes even wolves deserve dignity, or regard for fairness, to actually call this inhumane act, a sport. Just as with many issues, there are more important voices to be heard which always seem to trump common human decency.
Yet my perspective is not just about being humane, but also one of conscience. We can barely see the forest OR the trees as they dissolve into the barren landscape of encroaching metropolis and its concrete sterility. "Living symbols of freedom, magnificent creatures, both great and small, succumb each day to a malignant world devoid of hope, as the imprudence of soulless convenience prospers at their expense." And as we sell our souls to barter ecology for economy... why can they not both co-exist...?
Consider the course we are taking; we live in a fraudulent world sustained by artificial means, and we tend to treat our terrestrial home and everything else as something to be used, abused and discarded. As a society,we are selfish , gluttonous and wasteful, having spread our contagion to Mother Earth, and are insidiously insensitive in our soulless plundering and mindless exploitation, greatly accelerating the natural extinction of numerous varieties of both flora and fauna. In our downward trajectory, we can no longer sustain our unrealistic expectations, balance our budget...or distinguish the truth, and at best... have a tenuous grip on reality...our current way of life is totally unsustainable.
Tranquility is not only peace...it is a reverence for living.
If "the journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step," then a new consciousness can begin with a single thought. Education and understanding... an imperative.
This is where the mighty Wolf meets the road, what will YOU do....will you meet him half way...? Because he could really use another friend, another voice to speak out on his behalf. It is my fervent hope that you make the attempt to understand all the relevance and seriousness of the wolf's plight, and please do so with an open mind. Do not succumb to "wolf hysteria" or allow the ignorance and apathy of yesterday to further injustice. Contact President Obama and your Senators, hold them accountable for their misdeeds. Tell them they were wrong to sacrifice the Gray wolf on the altar of politics.
I ask only this one request of you, do this because you know it's the right thing to do. So very much is at stake, search your heart ...you will recognize the truth.
I regard Mother Nature as both sage and mentor, whose vivacious strength and lyric grace evoke such reverence that I am blissfully insignificant. And as her apprentices we must pay homage to her faithful devotion,safeguarding her gifts as our natural heirlooms.
We are all connected, through our intimate relationships as we go about our every day lives, and as we unite through our common experiences. We are a montage of motley mariners in a sea of humanity, simply... exquisitely... cradled in Mother Earth.
We are also equal parts dilemma and resolution, and have been entrusted to nurture and protect nature as tenants of the Earth and citizens of humanity. I urge you to show the courage of your convictions. Whether it takes a boycott of products from a particular state or a petition to rally our support, I believe we still know the difference between right and wrong, although we may have forgotten that we can make a difference. Don't let Brother Wolf's sacrifice be in vain. Be that example...make that difference. http://howlcolorado.org/about/
I wish you love in all your endeavors. Journey well.
For some, wolf music is as deeply moving as Beethoven's Fifth Symphony reverberating in the chambers of a great concert hall. For others, it is a call to arms, stirring up mad hate, blind terror. It both symbolizes the modern movement to preserve some wilderness and mocks man that he hasn't conquered it all. ~~John B.Theberge....from Wolves and Wilderness. ~~
" You, O wolf, dear companion, accustomed to roam with me through the secluded paths of the woods and meadows, now can scarcely get across the fields... You have lived in these woods before I did and age has whitened your hairs first." ~~from Geoffrey of Monmouth's, The Life of Merlin ~~
Our traditional picture of the wolf presents an odious creature, a monster of cruelty and destruction; actuated by nothing higher than a gluttonous appetite for food. I have learned of wolves whose master trait was wisdom. I have met many a wolf whose overwhelming motive was the love of its little ones. ~~ Ernest Thompson Seton ~~
Your children are not your children. They are the sons and daughters of life's longing for itself. They come through you but not from you, and though they are with you yet they belong not to you. You may give them your love but not your thoughts, for they have their own thoughts. You may house their bodies but not their souls, for their souls dwell in the house of tomorrow, which you can not visit, not even in your dreams. You may strive to be like them, but seek not to make them like you. For life goes not backwards nor tarries with yesterday. ~~ Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet ~~