You will love again the stranger who was your self

I love this poem about finding yourself again – probably after failed love, but I think it can equally apply to any hard time or trauma.

Everything Matters: Beyond Meds

dwalcottLove 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, Nobel Laureate – Literature, 1992

Turns out I posted this once before in 2009. I hadn’t remembered. It seems like a good time to share it again.

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