April 7, 2011

National Poetry Month: Love After Love

Today's poem, to celebrate National Poetry Month. Because there can never be enough good poetry in the world.


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

Image by symmetry_mind, on Flickr, used under a Creative Commons License.

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