April 06, 2006

Derek Walcott

I cam across this poem of Walcott's and was compelled to share it:

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.

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  1. have you read Omeros? it's the business

    06 Apr 2006, 14:59

  2. Wow this is cool. I bought a lot of second hand books of poetry the other day, wish I knew about Walcott then.

    06 Apr 2006, 15:00

  3. Thom said Derek Walcott's coming to Cov to do a reading very soon! I can't remember when it is, but I think it's this month… I'd be so very up for that since I think his poetry is indeed the business, tho I've yet to read Omeros. Good choice Sho!

    06 Apr 2006, 15:14

  4. It's really beautiful. I love poems that can move you without you quite knowing why…

    hope you're having a great Easter. See you soon.


    06 Apr 2006, 17:43

  5. Kevin

    Walcott is a professor here at Boston University and I got a chance to hear him read some of his poetry last fall. He is a wonderful speaker and has great stories to tell. If you get the chance to hear him read, I highly recommend attending!


    07 Apr 2006, 03:07

  6. Thom

    Sadly, there was a problem with his Visa (or so I heard), so he didn't speak on 29 March as planned…


    09 Apr 2006, 15:33

  7. eric

    Thanks for this spark. I stumbled upon this site.

    22 May 2006, 06:17

  8. s

    get a lyf!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! pathetic losers!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    16 Oct 2006, 14:11

  9. someone’s had a bad day …

    it’s spelt ‘l-i-f-e’

    17 Oct 2006, 00:30

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