I just came across this poem (thank you KH…). It is one of those gems that must be shared.

Moving and beautiful, some consider that it is about unconditional love.

For me, it speaks of forgiving, accepting and welcoming one’s self — learning to love it, and to treat it, and life, gratefully and kindly…

 

Love After Love

 

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet yourself arriving

at your 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

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