Feast on your life

This poem landed on my ears today, a welcome gift.  In advance of turning 60, which is, it turns out my friends, is a big deal after all.

Love After Love by Derek Wolcott
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.


  1. Jane on June 21, 2011 at 10:48 am

    Thank you for this.

  2. Solebound Lyrics on June 21, 2011 at 10:51 am

    Thank you for this post.. it is indeed what I needed today 🙂

  3. Freedom on June 27, 2011 at 5:57 pm

    Welcome to the “Sixites” when we get to slow down a bit for the better, too.

    Love, Free

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