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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 yourself
Give wine. Give bread. Give back your heart
To itself, to the stranger who has loved you
All you life, whom you have 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 (from The Heart Aroused, D Whyte, 1994)

 
Holding my daughter in my arms is no longer just an action, it is me being present with my daughter, feeling the power of my love for her, smelling her presence in my arms and appreciating all she has brought into my life.

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