Poetry: Love After Love by Derek Walcott read by Tom Hiddleston

Love After Love by Derek Walcott
read by Tom Hiddleston

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.

  • What a gorgeous poem. Thanks for sharing this.

    • I love it! It’s a unique view on reengaging with yourself after the demise of a relationship. Hiddleston does a fantastic job reading it. I’ve heard him read several poems (YouTube. Gotta love it.) and you can tell he loves poetry.