Raw, adjective: 8. brutally harsh or unfair: a raw deal

Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the same well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears. And how else can it be? The deeper that the sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain. Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter's oven? And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?

~ Khalil Gibran, The Prophet

(With thanks to my own sharp sis for the timeless, heartfelt, honest Gibran quote, and with great love to my sister-from-another-mister Jennifer Jarrett on the loss of her dear mother.


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