With Love

I was particularly struck by a poem posted by ivonprefontaine.com (Teacher As Transformer) yesterday.  As with most things evocative, we considered Derek Walcott’s words differently – which is why I didn’t reblog his words.

Once again, I am motivated by friends, for whom this will resonate individually.  Yet I hope above all, among the takeaways is a feeling of the tremendous value you have, the wonder that you offer up everyday and the love you deserve – from yourself first and foremost.

The time will come

when, with elation,

you will greet yourself arriving

at your own door, in your 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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I’m really going to try to work on this…I need to.  You need to.  Let’s do it together, ok?  Happy Saturday all.

45 thoughts on “With Love

  1. I’d like to apply for membership on the team. Working on this daily, alone, can be quite challenging, but with the help of friends (and the safety net they provide) success is guaranteed. To the moon and back. We will nail this 🙂 – together.

    • You’re already on the team – you’re the co-captain! That doesn’t mean however that you are absolved of the daily exercise..We’re going to do that until we get it right..xox

      • In with my heart and soul. And, up for the challenge. As we continue to evolve I am quite sure we will get it right. Recognizing its importance is the first step :). And there is a reason we used to be affectionately referred to as “the dynamic duo” – we can do what ever we set our minds to. Only these days we move a little slower from point A to point B. but, we’ll get there; together. Xoxoxoxo

  2. Dear Mimi,
    This is wistfully beautiful. The wonderful offering of friendship towards ourselves. I thank you so deeply for putting it here. I loved your intepretation of this. To life’s sweet moments. Sharon

    • “Wistfully beautiful” – what a gorgeous way to describe this poem. Thank you for that Sharon and thank you as always for stopping by. Here is to life’s sweet moments – and friendship

  3. I’d like to join this feast if there is room at the table. But I have a feeling there is, as I imagine this table to be a magical one; empty chairs appear whenever one (or two) is needed. One for each of us, the other for the strangers that have loved us. We’ll sit face to face, eye to eye, heart to heart. I like this idea Mim…very much indeed…xoxo

  4. Mimi – Such wonderful instructions on how to love and value ourselves. I love the metaphor “peel your own image from the mirror”, cause we do tend to get in our own way.
    Hope you’re having a wonderful day!
    xo

  5. Mimi, I have read and reread this poem and needed to tell you how much I have ‘enjoyed’ working through it. Once again you draw me out of complacency toward some contemplative time. Thank you!

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