Love after Love by Derek Walcott

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.

“Love after Love” from COLLECTED POEMS 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott. Copyright © 1986 by Derek Walcott. Reprinted by permission of Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC

2 thoughts on “Love after Love by Derek Walcott

  1. Here is one of my favourite poems (written by John Masefield) and I hope you like it too:

    I have seen flowers come in stony places
    And kind things done by men with ugly faces
    And the gold cup won by the worst horse at the races,
    So I trust too.

    John Masefield
    English author (1878 – 1967)

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