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.
“Excerpted from After the Ecstasy, the Laundry by Jack Kornfield Copyright © 2000 by Jack Kornfield). Reprinted by arrangement with The Random House Publishing Group.”
Peter Menkin, an aspiring poet, lives in Mill Valley, CA USA (north of San Francisco).