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Love After Love

We arrived safe and sound. There was not much traffic and the roads were clear through the mountains. It is a bit tiring with a lot of visiting of family and friends. We are a large family spread out geographically so we do not see each other often. It is different to see each other face-to-face, have conversations, share meals, and reminisce. There is much laughter.

I find it is in these gatherings that I look in. I greet my self through the presence of siblings, parents, nieces, nephews, and a varied assortment of relatives. Who do we resemble inwardly and outwardly? It is not always obvious until we see others who helped form of our lives. It is like meeting yourself on the journey of life. It is in this companionship, with others and eventually our self, we rediscover our self.

Derek Walcott wrote this beautiful poem around that theme, meeting yourself on life’s journey.

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.

About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

17 responses »

  1. I am glad you are enjoying your time with family and friends. Getting in touch with yourself inside and out.


  2. This is wonderful! Can never have to much time with our loved ones. I know I’m like my dad & more & more like him as I get older. And – I love it! 🙂
    Happy Times – Keep on Livin’

  3. Enjoy yourself and your family and friends its wonderful that you all get to reunite even though it isn’t very often.

  4. Really Beautiful poem.
    It is analogous to say : WE’VE TO SEARCH OUR OWN ROUTES

  5. Enjoy your time with family..this poem is magnificent, and resonates deeply with me..

    • I read your blog post today. One of the reasons I am drawn to poetry is the opportunity to find deep meaning within the words and to know that another person will find something other than what I find. I find myself saying to students that I did not think of their understanding.

  6. Beautiful, as is the poem, Ivon… Tiring, yet enjoyable – a wonderful way to spend time..

  7. I know so well, this contemplation you describe.

  8. WordsFallFromMyEyes

    Love the last words most especially. Love the word ‘feast’. And then life…

    Enjoyed this post, much.

  9. This poem was absolutely amazing, and so moving. Thank you Ivon.


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