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Poempig first became fascinated with Sufi poet, Rumi, 2 years ago when this poem was read over the radio. I do not know who translated this version. It is not in my copy of The Rumi Collection edited by Kabir Helminski. The power of this poem is that it speaks to all of us. Life is troubled. You do not decide which emotions will arrive at your doorstep each day. Yet each arrival can educate you about yourself.

This being human is a guesthouse

every morning a new arrival

a joy, a depression, a meannessRumi cover Correction

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 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.

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Quote/Poem found embedded in a extraordinarily poetic and thoughtful article on depression and kindred demons by author, James Bradley

Published in the Age Saturday 25th April, 2009

‘To be elated,black-dog-poem1

whether in the grip of a creative fervour

or for less exalted reasons,

is to feel oneself light and quick as fire, 

to know the unity of thought and action:

to be depressed is to feel an emptying out

at the heart of things.’

James Bradley    #mce_temp_url#

Article first published in Griffin Review, Ed 23, Essentially Creative, Feb 2009, ABC.

James Bradley’s lastest book:resurrectionist-cover-uk12

The Resurrectionist

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