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

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15 Comments on “Love After Love”

  1. I love this, it’s beautiful!

  2. CultFit says:

    With a few clicks of a button … ;)
    This poem really speaks to me, for many reasons – Like you, it truly is beautiful! Take care today and please be well!

  3. Sandra says:

    Good heavens. I didn’t expect those tears.

  4. Absolutely wonderful! thank you for the words/inspiration.

  5. graceh13 says:

    Whenever I read this I can’t help but shed a tear or two.This always reminds me my worth. Thank you for sharing. :)

  6. Off to sleep with those lines. We’ll see who shows up in the morning mirror.

  7. Shell says:

    Beautiful words…