The day I turned 50, one of my cherished gifts included a poem written by Derek Walcott, a Caribbean poet – he won the Nobel Prize for Literature.
This poem is poignant – extra beautiful – as the lines very simply tell us to take a moment to pause and look into our own selves. It reminds me of what the scriptures have to tell us – of looking within for comfort and solace.
Thich Nhat Hanh the Mentor from the East affirms that learning to love others can happen easily when we love ourselves. The science of resilience begins when we accept all that we are and develop a connectedness to our own selves.
This poem is so clever that it encapsulates the philosophy of the East ,the modernistic trends of the Western World and some of the timeless teachings of our evolving world- the notes will forever ring to eternity.
In sharing this poem I advocate for wellness through reflection and connectedness to the self
So here below is Derek Walcott`s
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.