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May 08, 2008

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patricia ludwick

dear trudy
thank you for reminding me of Rumi, always a source of great joy. Having read your thoughts on Anything Can Happen, I go back to an old favourite, The Guest House, which will have special reverberations for you from your days as hostess of a bed-and-breakfast on this island. I am re-minded of the continual surprises that this human life offers: sometimes a cherry tree so full of blossom that it glows, sometimes a bee caught inside a window, sometimes sunlight streaming through cloud. Weather itself is a continual surprise, and no forecast is inevitable. So here's Rumi, thanks to Coleman Barks:

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 furntuire,
still, treat each guest honourably.
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.

and here's me, late at night, with a shining sliver of new moon going to be in the west, wishing both of us good healthful sleep and a last word to dream on:

Dance, when you're broken open.
Dance, if you've torn the bandage off.
Dance in the middle of the fighting.
Dance in your blood.
Dance, when you're pefectly free.

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