Poem for a Monday Morning: Love after Love

Good morning! Ready for a poem to start your week? This one as picked by my partner. Enjoy a little Monday morning self-love.

Picasso, Girl Before a Mirror

“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.

             Derek Walcott

Your thoughts?

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2 Comments on “Poem for a Monday Morning: Love after Love”

  1. andryfemme
    August 8, 2011 at 10:37 am #

    Love it. I have a thing for poems that use the mirrored self, which I have noticed women poets tend to use a lot more tumultuously than this poet has. Puzzling.

    • August 9, 2011 at 2:34 pm #

      Interesting. I wonder if it has to do with body image struggles from society’s impossible standards of beauty for women?

      Can you think of any poems that you are talking about? I’d love to take a look at them!

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