Friday, June 16, 2006

Owl feather

It's been a busy week, other things pulling me away from writing and commenting. But here's a little offering:

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 Wolcott

11 Comments:

Blogger Dave said...

(o)

6/16/2006 10:46 AM  
Blogger snowsparkle said...

so lovely! thank you for this poem. i've been in the same mode lately... never enough time to write, read, comment and wander among the blog folk that i love. i have about 6 subjects that i'd like to write about... frustrating when i can't do it right at the moment of inspiration. hope we both can get more time for this pleasurable passtime soon.

6/16/2006 11:57 AM  
Blogger Sky said...

this is such a powerful message - we must always remember to nourish self. thanks.

hope you have a great weekend and that you find some rest among the activities! :)

6/16/2006 2:32 PM  
Blogger Darius said...

I think it's really true that there is a self that we experience more as other. Frankly, I think this is what Jesus was trying to talk about before he was turned into an icon.

6/17/2006 7:58 AM  
Blogger Endment said...

Thanks for sharing this!

6/17/2006 10:53 AM  
Blogger Lori Witzel said...

Wow.
Chillbumps galore.

What a loving, lovely poem.

Also made me think of Jeremy Irons in the short film of Beckett's Ohio Impromptu.

(Yes! We have PowerBook charged up! We have Starbucks WiFi! We are having fun! Thanks for the "hang in there"...)

6/18/2006 8:49 AM  
Blogger Frankie said...

"Feast on your life." Oh how wonderful!! Thanks so much for sharing this, MB!

6/18/2006 3:46 PM  
Blogger leslee said...

I memorized this a long time ago, probably the only poem since childhood I've memorized in its entirety. It's a good one.

6/19/2006 5:59 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

What a stunning poem! I didn't know it, MB, so thank you for the introduction. A treasure - it brought tears to my eyes ...

6/20/2006 5:19 AM  
Blogger MB said...

Darius, welcome. I will come take a look.

Thanks to you all, glad you enjoyed it as I do.

Word verification: ahump (??!)

6/20/2006 9:32 AM  
Anonymous Sara said...

Oh, I love it. I've never heard of this author before, either, so thank you!

6/30/2006 8:23 AM  

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