Sep 23, 2006

Love After Love, by Derek Walcott

Sometimes I don't get to the blog enough during the week and then I run into a poem like this and all the empty days are worth getting to post this this gem and share with you. I found this poem via a class I am taking at the Savannah College of Art & Design. The class is part of their community programs, it is The Pathway to Creativity, taught by an art therapist, Maxine Hull. So far I have only been to one session and the class is amazing. The course work is based on the book written by Julia Cameron, The Artist's Way. Here is the poem Maxine shared with us the first night of class.

Love After Love
by Derek Walcott

The time will come
Whe, 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 was loved you.

All your life, whom you ignored
For another, who konws you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

The photographs, the desperate notes,
Peel your image from the mirror,
Sit. Feast on your life.