Sunday, August 2, 2009

"Love after Love." by Derek Walcott

The time will come
when, with elation
you will greet yourself arriving
at your own door, in your own mirror,
and each will smile at the other's welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.
You will love again the stranger who was your self.
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
to itself, to the stranger who has loved you

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.


  1. Thank you so much for sharing this poem...I've never read it before...and it just spoke to me...those last few lines will be filed away and hopefully remembered....'Feast on your life'....

  2. wonderful piece - thanks for sharing

  3. this is wonderful..I really 'absorbed" what it was saying..and reflected on it..thanks Maureen


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