Love after Love


‘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,

saying, 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,

Nobel Laureate – Literature, 1992

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  1. ah…what a beautiful sentiment! A New Years resolution. I told a friend the other day that I have never made a NY resolution and therefore never broken one…

    I suppose to stay in line with this I will view this as the resolution for my life…that before I die I will sit down to this meal and feast on my life.

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