Sunday, April 29, 2007

Knowing yourself

It's so important to know yourself. Here is a poem about knowing and valuing oneself that I first came across years ago and it impressed me very much. Then I just stumbled upon it again today:

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

1 comment:

  1. Anonymous9:54 PM

    Thank you for sharing this. It has been a long time since I last read it. I would like to keep a copy in my recovery books. Marilyn


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