“The Madman" Khalil Gibran poem,"They asked me how I became a madman“


Khalil Gibran says in the book The Madman: You ask me how I became a madman. It happened like this: one day I woke up from a deep sleep and found I had been robbed of all my masks, masks that I had moulded and used in other lives.
I ran away maskless through the crowded streets shouting, “Thieves, thieves, dammed thieves”
Men and women laughed at me and some ran to their houses, afraid of me.
And when I reached the market place, a boy standing on the roof of a house, shouted: “He is mad”
I looked up at him and for the first time the sun kissed my naked face and my soul swelled with love for the sun and I no longer wanted
my masks. As if I were in ecstasy I screamed:
“bless the thieves who have stolen my masks”
That was how I became mad.

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