Today the Lifeaholic shares a poem she came across a few days ago.
(Yes I’m aware of the fact that I’m referring to myself in the third person!)
Seriously though, I found the poem to be a powerful statement on loving and knowing yourself – your TRUE self. We go through our lives mostly portraying and nurturing the version of ourselves that we think people want to see. As a result, we neglect the original version of who we are. Guess what happens then?
Love After Love by Derek Walcott
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.