Friday, June 7, 2013

Poetry Friday

Parker Palmer posted this poem on Facebook a little while back. This has been a year of many unexpected (and mostly unwanted/unwelcome) visitors. I'm trying to "meet them at the door laughing, and invite them in, believing that there may be some new delight, just waiting to come in." 


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 thoughts, 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.


I'm publishing the whole poem today. I found it lots and lots of places on the internet and am thinking it must be in the public domain? I hope that's right. 

Stop by and smell the Poetry Friday roses at Tabatha Yeatts at The Opposite of Indifference.


Liz Steinglass said...

Wow. What a great way to think about the visitors that come uninvited, unannounced and generally unwelcome. How disarming to meet them at the door joyfully. Thanks for sharing this.

Linda B said...

Good advice, Carol, for so much of what arrives at our doors. Thanks for keeping it to share.

Jeff Barger said...

I need to have this attitude. I always think a great part of living is that you never know what is coming around the corner. Thank you for sharing this.