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 Walcott

Comments (6)

Enjoyed this very lovely poem.
Kim Barney you stirred my curiosity, this is the only comment by Michael Morris, and Lee Drager has not been back after 2006 either; now later I will have to read all of the poems by Carla Jean Laglia Esely; and I also disappeared from my previous poemhunter.com site, moved countries computers wanted to confirm I am me so locked me out, had changed cellphones and apparently poemhunter.com cannot I am me either, any other split personality site poems out there?
With regard to Carla Jean Laglia Esely not having logged in since January 2nd 2003, I am glad she originally did and like so many poets that fleetingly appear and disappear, I hope your all ok, may a wide road stretch before you and the wind be at your backs :) :) :)
'Twas the night before christmas. With a blanket of white. That covered the earth all through the night. The trees sparkled like diamonds. With a glitter so bright. That each little twinkle made its own christmas light.' absolutely brilliant, I reread and enjoyed the entire poem immensely, as regards spelling errors, this indicates probably the poem was written swiftly and I think we all know exactly what is meant and how to correct the grammar which spoilt my delight not in the slightest, so thanks to the editor for overlooking grammar and posting 'A White Christmas' by Carla Jean Laglia Esely because I absolutely loved it :) :) :) and am voting it 10+++
LOVELY POEM, but please correct the capitalization for the word 'Christmas.' Three times it is spelled with a lower case 'c' and once with the correct upper case 'C'. Christmas is a proper name and should always be spelled with a capital. Also, the apostrophe is missing on the second 'twas.' Thank you. :)
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