Sunday, September 18, 2011

"You know You By Heart"

Perhaps one of my favorite poems is the poem by Derek Walcott.

“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 Walcott
It is so easy to forget who we are when we live our lives for others. Remember, you “know you by heart”. Take notice if you have forgotten who you are and spend some time getting to know yourself again. “Feast on your life.”

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