Still on the search for the answer to the question: What is a love story? This week on the quest, I am featuring Derek Walcott’s poem “Love After Love.” Walcott is a Caribbean poet. He’s known for his epic poem Omeros. But in this poem, Walcott is thinking not about the Homeric epic but about love. Read the poem and reflect on the his attempt to narrate the act of loving.
Thanks to A.K. for sending this my way.
To join the quest, read the introductory post: The Story That Loves
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.
Photo Credit: Sketches of Existence