Love After Love

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.

~~ Derek Walcott ~~

16 responses to “Love After Love

  1. Reblogged this on Pisces and commented:
    This short, potent poem (posted by Radiating Blossom) is the wonderful words of poet Derek Walcott. I suspect a lot of people may simply shrug their shoulders, roll their eyes, or shift into a state of daydream when self-love is discussed. I wonder how many people truly love who they are, their authentic self, who they have grown up to be… and hope it is more than I believe.

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