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.

By Derek Walcot. R.I.P. 17th March 2017 #WorldPoetryDay couldn’t pass by without a bow or a curtsie to the painter, playwright, poet, English professor and nobel prize winner amongst his many accolades. He missed this day by four days so I would like to honour him in some small way.

12 thoughts on “Love After Love

  1. This post is excellent, Ellen… Isn´t it amazing how we might be willing to mend our broken hearts and love again, against all odds and despite how much we might have suffered… It is more a spiritual need than a physical one, for sure. And this applies to different sort of relationships and not just romantic ones. Thank you for sharing… Have a great week ahead 😉

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