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The Guest House by

Jalal-ad-Din Muhammad Rumi

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.
He 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

​© 2019 by Shannon Behar