Tear Down This House

by Rumi

Tear down this house.

A hundred thousand new houses can be built from the transparent yellow gemstone buried underneath it.

The only way to get to that treasure is to do the work of demolishing and then digging under the foundation.

With that value in hand all the new construction will be done without effort. And anyway, sooner or later this house will fall on its own.

The jewel treasure will be uncovered but it won’t be yours then.

The buried wealth is your pay for doing the demolition, the pick and shovel work..

If you wait and just let it happen, you’ll bite your hand and say “I didn’t do as I knew I should have.”

This is a rented house. You don’t own the deed. You have a lease and you’ve make your living sewing patches on torn clothing.

Yet only a few feet underneath are two veins of pure red and bright gold gemstone.

Take the pickaxe and pry the foundation.

You’ve got to quit this seamstress work. What does the “patch-sewing” mean, you ask? Eating and drinking.

The heavy cloak of the body is always getting torn. You patch it with food and other restless ego satisfactions.

Rip up one board from the shop floor and look into the basement. You’ll see two glints in the dirt.