“Feast on your life”: Derek Walcott’s “Love After Love”

To conclude the Gentle class this morning, Angie shared a poem by Derek Walcott, “Love After Love.”  Because some students asked for a copy, we are also posting it for anyone else who may enjoy it.

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.

For another experience of the poem, check out this video performance, with Kim Rosen speaking and Jami Sieber accompanying her on cello.

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