Monday, April 14, 2008

Unexpected Visitors


I thought that I would start out the week by sharing a poem that I love.

~The Guesthouse~ by Rumi

This being human is a guesthouse
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
He may be cleaning 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 the beyond

Translated by Coleman Barks


Anonymous said...

I love this poem, too. If we could only remember and hold it to us each day, we would be content.

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Beautifuldreamer said...

I've never read this poem before; how lovely. Thanks for sharing it.