This being is a great house
Every morning is 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 other honourably,
She may be cleaning 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.