Arriving at your own door by Derek Walcott

Moko looks into a mirror

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

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Watermelons during the Renaissance

all your life, whom you ignored
for another, who knows you by heart.
Take down the love letters from the bookshelf,

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Two boys. Chefchaoen, Morocco.

the photographs, the desperate notes,
peel your own image from the mirror.
Sit. Feast on your life.

By Derek Wallcott

Published by Content Catnip

Content Catnip is a quirky internet wunderkammer written by an Intergalactic Space Māori named Content Catnip. Join me as I meander through the quirky and curious aspects of history, indigenous spirituality, the natural world, animals, art, storytelling, books, philosophy, travel, Māori culture and loads more.

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