Love after Love
I thought I’d start off our poetry month with a piece that popped into my life at the exact moment I needed it.
My marriage had freshly fallen apart and in those early weeks of confusion I took countless walks in the hills behind my house. That morning, like the last month of mornings before it, I was walking and crying. My mind riddled with thoughts, my vision cloudy with tears. In my stupor, I made a random right turn and found myself at the top of a staircase between two homes. On one of the wooden fences that lined the staircase I found the following poem.
2 years later the prose still wakens me to myself, the same way it did on that first day of discovery.
Love after love By Derek Wolcott
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.
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All my love,
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