Poem in Your Pocket: Rumi’s “The Guest House”

It’s “Poem in Your Pocket Day

Share a favorite poem
Share a favorite poem

The idea is to choose a favorite poem and share it with others throughout the day.  (#pocketpoem, if you’re sharing via social media)

Here’s the poem I’ll be carrying in my pocket today:

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’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 whatever comes,
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.

—Jelalludin Rumi
Translated by Coleman Barks with John Moyne
The Essential Rumi

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