Rumi clarified



Discharge the surly tenant
who has lingered too long
in the room previously
occupied by happiness.

A guest house is not
an asylum, indefinite
lodging for your
secret insanities.

It is not
a brothel, perpetual
indulgence of your
basest impulses.

It is not assisted living,
nor long-term care for
your crippling inability.

A guest house is an Airbnb.
A feather bed;
a quick breakfast.

So welcome each visitor;
entertain them all.
For a time.

Then evict those unworthy
of your hospitality.

Make room for
some magnificent stranger,
for the beautiful friend
you’d almost forgotten.

cabin bed





  1. Love this nod to Rumi 💖

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    1. Thanks, Val!

      Liked by 1 person

  2. D'Arcy Fallon · · Reply

    Good lord and butter!!!! Someone has been reading my mail. So fantastic, Cate!!!!


    1. Awww. Thanks, Bisty. (And I love “good lord and butter,” though it makes me want toast. :))


  3. Amen. Life is too short to wallow in the negative for long, even when it seems nearly impossible to move on. -Russ

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    1. So true! Thanks, Russ.


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