“The Wanderer” By Khalil Gibran
3Yet some there are who have beheld the face of Beauty, and theyknow her notwithstanding her garments. And some there be whoknow the face of Ugliness, and the cloth conceals him not from theireyes.
The Eagle And The Skylark
A skylark and an eagle met on a rock upon a high hill. The skylarksaid, "Good morrow to you, Sir." And the eagle looked down upon himand said faintly, "Good morrow."And the skylark said, "I hope all things are well with you, Sir.""Aye," said the eagle, "all is well with us. But do you not know that weare the king of birds, and that you shall not address us before weourselves have spoken?"Said the skylark, "Methinks we are of the same family."The eagle looked upon him with disdain and he said, "Who ever hassaid that you and I are of the same family?"Then said the skylark, "But I would remind you of this, I can fly evenas high as you, and I can sing and give delight to the other creaturesof this earth. And you give neither pleasure nor delight."Then the eagle was angered, and he said, "Pleasure and delight! Youlittle presumptuous creature! With one thrust of my beak I coulddestroy you. You are but the size of my foot."Then the skylark flew up and alighted upon the back of the eagle andbegan to pick at his feathers. The eagle was annoyed, and he flewswift and high that he might rid himself of the little bird. But he failedto do so. At last he dropped back to that very rock upon the high hill,more fretted than ever, with the little creature still upon his back, andcursing the fate of the hour.Now at that moment a small turtle came by and laughed at the sight,and laughed so hard the she almost turned upon her back.And the eagle looked down upon the turtle and he said, "You slowcreeping thing, ever one with the earth, what are you laughing at?"