Sunday, May 29, 2011

Sunday morning Reflections

photo courtesy of The Boston Globe
The Guest House

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 are 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 delight.

The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.

Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

1 comment:

Ciaran Lynch said...

Welcome and entertain them all!

But don't let them stay, don't let them bed down on your couch, don't let them eat in your lounge or leave toothpaste coagulating in the perforations of your bathroom sink.

I think it was Hemmingway who said, "Never use a colon or semi colon and when you think it's going well (writing), stop.