Love after Love by Derek Walcottt

This is one of my favourites poems! I discovered it in one the O Magazines as it is also one of Oprah’s favourites. I don’t know about you but after you’ve lost someone you loved, you kind of feel lost. There a void, there is loss where there was once a lot of love. You feel like you’ll never get over the pain, the heartache physically hurts and you feel like you’re drowning. Then one day after you cried all the tears, prayed for peace and negotiated with the universe, you find peace. You surrender cause it hurts too much to carry it on your own. Then you wake up one day and find yourself and wonder where this person had been all along. You start to live all by yourself and realize you’ve set your own soul on fire.

Love after Love by Derek Walcott
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.

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