Derek Walcott – Love After Love – Adieu Derek

Adieu Derek – you did feast on this life, now onto the next one! I was doing this yesterday evening without knowing I will be saying goodbye to you today – I made dinner, poured wine, thanked my kidneys and liver, and smiled remembering it is still good to be me with me – Tonight I will be dancing alone, with my life remembering how fragile it is, how ignored it is! Thanks for the advices and words!

3.17.17

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 image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

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