Collaborator: Derek Walcott (poem)
Associated Artists: Michael McElroy, Bradley Dean
“Love after Love” from COLLECTED POEMS 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott.
Original Poem copyright ©1986 by Derek Walcott.
Used by arrangement with Farrar, Straus and Giroux, LLC.
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 know 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.