Monday, February 23, 2009

Derek Walcott's "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.

Derek Walcott wrote his first poem in 1944 when he was 14. In 1992, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. He was born in Saint Lucia.


  1. From my life
    you are absent....
    So what?

  2. I love this poem! It is probably my favorite one by Derek Walcott.
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