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Love thyself

Posted in Life & Love

From her corner of her sofa in Cape Town, sofagirl sprang this up on me last week.

I kept the gift to myself for a whole week, because I like to re-read beautiful poems, over and over again, until they have been completely absorbed.Time to unleash it, though.

If, for whatever reason, your self-esteem is hiding from you these days.
If your heart is newly broken.
If you are one of those people who gives to the point of depletion.
If you don’t recognize what you see in the mirror anymore.
If you look back at your life and satisfaction is not the first word that comes to mind.
If life has been a bit rough of late.

Then this poem is for you too.

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

Sir Derek Alton Walcott, KCSL OBE OCC (born 23 January 1930) is a Saint Lucia poet and playwright. He received the 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature.

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  1. L’autore è nato il mio stesso giorno …

    December 23, 2016
  2. Emma Jonckheer
    Emma Jonckheer

    Thank you Campari and Sofa for another year of blogs that were fun, informative and inspirational.

    December 17, 2016
    • camparigirl

      That is so sweet Emma – thank you so much for being such a faithful reader.

      December 17, 2016
  3. silvia

    Simply beautiful. Didn’t know who he was. Thanks for sharing

    December 16, 2016
    • camparigirl

      I can’t say I was familiar with him either. But do look him up. More lovely poems.

      December 16, 2016
    • camparigirl

      Something we should try to remember more often.

      December 16, 2016

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