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September 22nd, 2011

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07:11 am - "Love After Love," brought to you by my re-read of The Time Traveler's Wife
Love After Love
by Derek Walcott

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.
Current Mood: optimisticoptimistic

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Date:September 24th, 2011 03:14 am (UTC)
That book is almost worth reading just for the poetry. My sem-recent re-read sent me on a Rilke kick for a while. I loved the twist this poem takes on when applied to Henry but it's a very good poem even without the time-traveler goggles on. I'd completely forgotten about this, thank you for posting it.

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