The Guest House

November 12, 2010

Image Credit: GetGoSwimwear

 This being human is a guest house.

 Every morning a new arrival.

A joy, a depression, a meanness,

some momentary awareness comes as

an unexpected visitor.

Welcome and entertain them all!

even if they’re a crowd of sorrows,

who violently sweep your house empty

of its furniture,

still, treat each guest honorably,

She may be clearing you out for some

new delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice,

 meet them at the door laughing, and invite

them in.

 Be grateful for whoever comes,

because each has been sent as a guide

from beyond.



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  1. Ha ha!

  2. Oh and P.S. — did Rumi ever write a bad poem? I don’t think so.

  3. Though all Rumi is exquisite, this is one of my favourites, written down numerous places.

    But yes, “BUGGER OFF!”

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