Poetry Friday


Last week, I posted on the reason why I instituted Poetry Friday and later today I intend to write another post on the therapeutic effects of art in lowering depression in cancer. 

The magic and power of poetry lies in its ability in a few lines to make you stop, think and feel deep emotions.   When I read a good poem my heart, mind and soul are moved, as I am drawn into the beauty of its words and cadence. That is why I like to share with you each Friday those verses that have moved and inspired me. I hope it provides you with the same kind of pleasure for your heart and soul as it does for me. And remember…please consider sending me your favorite poems and the reasons why they have helped you through your dark times.

  Today’s verse is one that I return to again and again, when I find myself railing against the “unfairness” of life.  

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