Derek Walcott - Love After Love

20 Jul 2014 11:15 PM | Tim Burnett (Administrator)

Derek Walcott - 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 have 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.

Derek Walcott, Collected Poems 1948-1984, New York, Farrar Straus Giroux,



  • 27 Aug 2014 11:11 AM | Sue Backs
    Thanks for posting this poem. I heard it/had a copy at a previous workshop, but lost it.
    It really touches me,
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