A large house that stood with welcoming smile
It greeted guests from all over with love.
A comforting mist settled all around it
Even when golden sunshine made its way through
The rich aroma of coffee teased your senses each morning.
For the longest time, the guests lived happily with their hosts
Mutual respect worked the gears in harmony
The delicious food was praised, and the gardens were loved the most.
Years later came a set of travellers
In their own sense of superiority, were they forever lost;
The hosts smiled politely, but they were rather loud revellers.
From the beginning, they disliked the sights and sounds,
The hosts however, to accommodate them, cleared some of the lovely gardens
They still refused to be contented; even the famous coffee did not make them come round.
Tired of all the insults, the hosts saw red
Not knowing which guest was causing trouble,
Turned on them all, but were chastised, “Is your hospitality suddenly dead?”
Thus the hosts decided to quietly suffer,
Still wondering if it was right to let all these outsiders in
“But we never caused any trouble,” the older guests sadly wondered.
Seeing the helpless hosts, the new guests grinned
Their sense of superiority received another boost
Contemptuously they announced, “Let us show you the ‘right’ way of things.”
And thus the hosts silently watched while seething inside
How their gardens to deserts were turned,
How the coffee now tasted burned,
For their hospitality seemed to be their ruin, and now in their own kitchens, their food they couldn’t find.
And that’s the story of the large house with the welcoming smile
Unrecognizable now, with a simmering anger hidden beneath
Why must guests overstep their bounds? If unhappy with hosts, why not simply leave?