FROM THE WEST INDIES, LOVE POEMS FOR THE BROKEN HEARTED: “LOVE, AFTER LOVE”

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For anyone who has recently suffered a heart break,  a separation, or unhappy relationship, this one is especially for you my friend!

“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!

by Derek Walcott

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Derek Walcott was born at Castries, St Lucia, a Caribbean island in the West Indies. He received a scholarship to the University College of the West Indies in Kingston, Jamaica.

The most important West Indian poet and dramatist writing in English today. Walcott has lived most of his life in Trinidad. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1992.

One Comment Add yours

  1. LindaP says:

    This is such an insightful poem!

    Like

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