Shailene Woodley reads Khalil Gibran


Hey, I’m Shailene Woodley. This is a poem
called On Love written by Khalil Gibran, from the book The Prophet, and it came to me from a beloved. I’ll never forget we were in bed together and he read me this
poem and it took every single idea or philosophy I had on love and sort of
turned it on its head and really showed me the truth of what love could be.

25 thoughts on “Shailene Woodley reads Khalil Gibran

  1. "To know the pain of too much tenderness." So much to love in this poem, but that line really resonated with me. -John

  2. It has been a while since I read "The Prophet," and while this is a beautiful poem, it strikes me on this listening that there is also a violence to the argument that riles up the romantic in me to want to argue and respond. And yet, that is what good writing does: makes us want to respond. Thanks for sharing.

  3. This YouTube channel might be my new favourite, just a few minutes to think and learn and feel.

  4. Gosh! Every single line of this poem is beautiful. But I liked this one the most:
    "Love has no other desire but to fulfill itself."

  5. There’s a lot about the sentiment in this poem that I don’t exactly agree with, but “And think not you can direct the course of love, for love, if it finds you worthy, directs your course.” Is something that really hits home for me.

    Also the way the poem goes from referring to love as “he” to “it” I find (for a regrettable lack of other words on my part) interesting.

    Thankfully this video is here so I can explore this feeling further!!

  6. "But if in your fear you would seek only love's peace and love's pleasure, Then it is better for you that you cover your nakedness and pass out of love's threshing floor, Into the seasonless world where you shall laugh, but not all of your laughter and weep, but not all of your tears." is something that really hit home for me as I have always struggled with depending on love when things haven't gone well in my life and releasing it when they did. Being vulnerable is hard and especially worse for introverts like me who have either been used or discarded themselves without warning. So it is easier to accept the half life of laughing but not completely and crying but not completely. The dissociation from people is so relatable as a consequence.

    What a beautiful poem propelling an influx of thoughts and emotions in my head! Thank you, Shailene for sharing it!

  7. I bought The Prophet yesterday and was reading it right before I opened YouTube and saw this video.

  8. "When you love you should not say, 'God is in my heart,' but rather, 'I am in the heart of God.'" Wow, well my life has been turned on its head so radically….thank you.

  9. Damn, this takes me back 25 years. I’d learned of The Prophet through a YA novel called The House of Tomorrow by Gary Crew, and every time my parents made me cross, I’d type out a copy of the verse on children and stick it to the fridge. F yeah teenage rebellion…

  10. I think this is my favorite poem so far. "To bleed willingly and joyfully" is the stand-out line for me, it strikes so true. Also, Shailene has such a beautiful reading voice, I could listen to her read for hours.

  11. I'm so sorry; I love poetry so much but Shailene is a terrible reader! No soul, no heart and it feels like no understanding and she reads too fast.

  12. I didn't like this poem very much, but I wonder if part of that is just that I've never been in (romantic) love before. My view of this might be naive as I've never experienced it myself, but I personally don't subscribe to the belief that love "shakes your roots" or "grinds you till you are white" or does most of the things this poem says it does. Some loves might be that way but I don't think that all romantic love is, and the loves that don't grind you down or shake you roots are just as powerful as the ones that do.

  13. I am not a fan of this poem even though it's very beautiful. It seems to require a violence to love that I have found not to be true, unless the love is abusive.

  14. "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."
    Yes, yes, yes, yes.

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