Love after Love

Happy New Year! Here’s a poem a friend read to me over the phone today.

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 yourself.

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 desprate notes,

peel your own image from the mirror.

Sit. Feast on your life.

Derek Walcott


~ by moniqueroffey on January 1, 2010.

6 Responses to “Love after Love”

  1. A personal favourite. Hayden’s “Those Winter Sundays” is another, plus of course a hundred others.

  2. Thank you! And who are you?

  3. In what sense? My name is Rethabile Masilo and I’m a poet from Lesotho.

  4. Very pleased to meet you! Just curious. Thank you for visiitng my blog.

  5. Hi,
    I have just finished “the White Woman on the Green Bicycle”.Bought it in Australia and brought it back to New Zealand.Couldn’t put it down.I grew up in Jamaica where my father was a doctor.1955-1963.Thanks for the return to my childhood which I could smell,feel, see, and understand.

  6. I’m so glad you enjoyed it. Thanks for the kind words.

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