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Love After Love - Poem 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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  • Veteran Poet - 1,514 Points Feipeng Shang (10/24/2017 5:46:00 PM)

    Learn to love oneself. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 9,242 Points Ravi Kopra (10/20/2017 11:25:00 AM)

    You have not been narcissistic
    You believe in altruism
    You don't love yourself
    You love others

    And you are not happy

    Listen to the old uncle Ferek
    who has always been selfish
    he gives a fuck to the world
    when his self interests collide

    And he says he is happy
    Really, is he?

    Go stand before the mirror
    put on all make up
    rouge, mascara, eye liners
    put on your pink gown
    pour yourself some cabernet
    order some hot samosa
    with tamarind and mint chutney
    sit alone before TV
    sip wine slowly
    with small bits of samosa with chutney
    Uncle Ferek says you will be very happy

    And if not

    Go back to your mirror
    and go to the same rigamarole
    again and again.
    Have you not heard
    practice makes one perfect
    and more you sow the more you reap
    and the happiness lies within
    and god help those who help themseves
    and help no one, not even the poor
    the destitute, the most needy

    Don't see no one
    live alone but not like a nun
    have men you deisre
    dump them when you're done
    it will bring you independence
    you will be confident
    you will kiss no asses
    you' ll be a perfect woman
    the most satisfid
    the most self respectful
    though uncle Ferek 's
    nemesis would say, most hateful.

    Don't listen to him, no one
    do what uncle Ferek says.
    See how respectful is he
    he won the Yoble Prize
    and he loves no one
    except young women.

    You don't need any man
    you are self satisfied
    because you stand
    before the mirrors
    and look at your self
    for hours and hours
    and praise your beauty
    and if someone does not agree
    you say to him: go to hell
    go fuck yourself. (Report) Reply

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