Almustafa's Vision: Joy & The Sea (I) / by DM Heebner

“The Prophet” by Kahlil Gibran is one of my all time favorite books. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it. If you have, I highly recommend re-reading it. It is an epically beautiful collection of poetry laid out in a narrative that touches on subjects including: life, death, joy, sorrow, giving, marriage, reason, friendship, pain to name a few. Written in 1923, this work stands the test of the time with its universally empathetic tributes to the human experience.

Every year I revisit this book and pour over Gibran’s masterful use of emotions and imagery. This year, I decided to do something a little different. Every week I will read a new chapter and create my own visual interpretation.

This week I took on the introductory chapter where our main character, the chosen and beloved Almustafa, is finally free. After twelve years he is free to descend the hill to the sea and return to the isle of his birth. This joy is not void of pain and sorrow as life transitions once again. Incorporating his mix of joy, sorrow, pain, anticipation and freedom I present: “Almustafa’s Vision: Joy & The Sea”.

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The sea that calls all things unto her calls me, and I must embark...A seeker of silences am I, and what treasure have I found in silences that I may dispense with confidence?