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Love After Love

Marcelle Quao is an educator in Ontario and a new friend of mine. We know each other through Seth Godin’s Creative Workshop, in which the idea of ‘generosity’ as a way of showing up authentically and fully is something we are deepening in our lives.

Marcelle has a way of posing questions that provoke introspection. Recently she posted a poem written by Nobel Laureate Sir Derek Walcott and posed this question:

What does loving oneself mean — if you are aspiring to be generous?

Love After Love
By Derek Walcott

The time will come he says
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 yourself, to the stranger who has loved you
all your life, who you have 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.
On your life.

Hi I’m Jamuna Burry.
365 DAYS is my personal practice of shipping words and images.

Jamuna Burry

Exploring ideas on creativity through digital art.

This Post Has 3 Comments

  1. jamuna

    Marcelle is indeed a fascinating collegue. Thanks for leaving a comment, Annette. See you in the threads at TCW2.

  2. Annette

    This is a beautiful poem. I did not know of Derek Walcott before looking at this post.
    I found this post by searching for more information about Marcelle as one of my fascinating colleagues in TCW2.
    Thank you for posting this.

  3. Sandra

    I love it! So insightful.

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