Line Break: ‘The Guest House’ by Jalaluddin Rumi

DSC_0374This 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 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.

*photo via superfamous


  1. Hi Courtney! Wonderful poem, thank you! I do really enjoy your blog. I should have commented sooner! I an moving towards starting my own…soon. Love, Roselyn
    ps. did you know Gaeli is taking me to Italy on a holiday for 2 weeks in May?!
    re my name below my last name has changed to Blanchet

    • Hi Roselyn, thank you, I’m glad you enjoyed it! I saw Gaeli’s post seeking tips for your Italy trip, that is so wonderful. I am thrilled for you. Can’t wait to hear about it! So happy you enjoy the blog, thanks for reading. xox

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