“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 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.” – Love after Love, by Derek Walcott
Someone dear and close to my family has left us suddenly on Sunday. I only found out about it this evening. Depression has claimed yet another life too soon. I dedicate this poem, ‘Love after Love’ by Derek Walcott, to LC.
And this poem is also for the rest of us who have known pain, the quiet struggle behind closed doors, the thirst and hunger of the heart, the longing for Home, and the welcome to stay. Remember,
“You were created to love and be loved.
People need other people.
Your story is important.
Better days are ahead.
Hope and help are real.
You are not alone.
And this is not the end of your story.” – TWLOHA, www.twloha.com
Will you trade Death for Life?
“The Growth of one blesses all. I am committed to grow in Love.” – Julia Cameron