Love After Love
By Derek Walcott
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.
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This is one of the first poems that opened me to myself. I had played the recording many times in which the poet, David Whyte, speaks this poem by Derek Walcott before I truly heard it one day. I had to pause to catch my breath. Continue reading