Saturday, June 25, 2011

Love after Love -- Derek Walcott

Not preaching this week, folks, and I have nothing to bring to the breakfast table at the moment except a poem which has been thrust at me this week from a number of sources. I hope you find it as up-building as I do!

Love After Love

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.


Jennifer Garrison Brownell said...

mmm, lovely. thank you.

Crimson Rambler said...

thanks, Juniper!

Rev Nancy Fitz said...

Very thought-provoking and comforting at the same time. Thanks and thanks for stopping by my blog.

Evelyn said...

Beautiful poem, thanks for sharing it!