Saturday, September 28, 2013

Red Brocade : Poem In Your Post

The Arabs used to say,
When a stranger appears at your door,
feed him for three days
before asking him who he is,
where he’s come from,
where he’s headed.
That way he’ll have strength
enough to answer.
Or, by then you’ll be
such good friends
you don’t care.

Let’s go back to that.
Rice? Pine nuts?
Here, take the red brocade pillow.
My child will serve water
to your horse.

No, I was not busy when you came!
I was not preparing to be busy.
That’s the armor everyone put on
to pretend they had a purpose
in the world.

I refuse to be claimed.
Your plate is waiting.
We will snip fresh mint
into your tea.
               - Naomi Shihab Nye

An important reminder for us all, and so beautifully rendered.  
Today I will endeavor to respond to every person I meet as a
beloved stranger.  A useful practice, no?


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