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)

Human hearts hang harmless in time til themselves harmed then rage is on and human hearts go cruel
....first three stanzas..beautiful rhythm ★
What mortal feels not awe, Nor trembles at our name, Hearing our fate-appointed power sublime, Fixed by the eternal law.
''Oresteia'' (458 BC) is the only complete (save a few missing lines in several spots) trilogy of Greek plays by any playwright still extant -although the satyr play that originally followed it, 'Proteus', is lost except for some fragments. Together, the trilogy ('Agamemnon', 'Choephoroi' and 'Eumenides') tells the bloody story of the family of Agamemnon, King of Argos. [from Wikip.]
great, from the father of tragedy - this poem should be from ''The Eumenides'' (the 3rd of the trilogy ''The Oresteia'', consisting of the three tragedies: 'Agamemnon', 'The Libation Bearers' and 'The Eumenides')
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