Feast on your life

derek walcott

Someone shared the poem Love After Love by Derek Wolcott with me recently, and I’ve been thinking about it a lot. I love how it invites the speaker to reconnect with themselves and celebrate their life. Suitable for reconciling both major life events or simply a new week. Power in verse.

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.

(via AllPoetry, thanks Georgina)

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