Thursday, April 27, 2006

Poetic Thursday: Love After Love

This poem captures a little bit of the way I've been feeling these past few days. I've spent a lot of time thinking (which came together in my last post) and my thoughts have taken me into some unexpected places. And they've brought me to a strange elation, and appreciation of myself....past as well as present. I feel a little bit like I am greeting myself with a new warmth, with a new acceptance.

I want this for all of you, too.


Love After Love
by David 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 image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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10 Comments:

Anonymous Jennifer (she said) said...

i felt that one in my spine and head and heart. it makes me hopeful. i needed this. thank you-and i wish the same for you.

5:04 PM, April 27, 2006  
Blogger Bohemian Girl said...

hmmmm...this one rocked my soul.

it reminded me of a time when i had left a long term relationship and began to re-discover myself again. it is so easy to lose oneself in a relationship, be it marriage, commitment, friendship, family.

it is good when we can maintain our individuality and continue to see that person, love her, nurture her...sit and eat with her.

oooooh...such a powerful poem. wonderful, wonderful choice.

your taste in writing and your own writing is impeccable. xoxox

10:42 PM, April 27, 2006  
Anonymous beansprout said...

I have always loved this poem. What would it mean to you to "feast on your life"?

12:30 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Sky said...

delightful idea here - so revitalizing!

3:03 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger M said...

This is a beautiful poem, thank you for finding it for all of us! I wish the same for you! Going to send you an email today!

10:42 AM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger Alexandra G said...

wow! we DID have the same poem! I love that we are on the same wavelength. I tend to abandon myself all too easily and this poem sometimes brings tears to my eyes. I love that we maybe introduced some more people to it who hadn't heard of it before.! Have a wonderful day Poemtwinnie!

12:45 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger liz elayne said...

This is the poem that brought me into this journey of reading poem.
I love it. And that it speaks to you too...

2:46 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger harmonyinline said...

Compelling poem. I feel like he discribes my feelings of having lost myself with the words"stranger who was your self"and of course I love the words"Feast on your life."

8:11 PM, April 28, 2006  
Blogger andrea said...

Oh I felt this one deeply. Beautiful choice of poem. Thank you for sharing it!
a.

1:11 PM, April 29, 2006  
Anonymous Nicholas Power said...

Please correct the poet's name. It's the Nobel Prize winner Derek Walcott.
Thanks,
Nicholas Power

7:31 AM, February 24, 2011  

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