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Love thyself

April 27, 2015

I receive the e-newsletter from BrainPickings.org every Sunday, which is a labor of love by one woman named Maria Popova. This week, just like every week, Maria shared many items, including a poem by Derek Walcott. A poet and playwright from Saint Lucia in the Caribbean, Walcott wrote “Love after Love,” a piece about loving thyself, which sings to me.

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.

–Derek Wolcott, “Love after Love,” in Collected Poems, 1948-1984

photo courtesy of goodreads.com
photo courtesy of goodreads.com

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