Sorrow Prepares the Way for Joy

by Rumi

If the thought of sorrow spoils your joy,
yet it prepares you for joy.
Sorrow sweeps the house fiercely, emptying
it of everything, then, coming from the Source
of goodness, a new joy enters.
Sorrow chases away the withered leaves in the
heart, then new green leaves can grow.
Sorrow uproots the previous joy, then a new
delight springs from beyond