To be fully experienced, life offers poets and poetry.
The tagline of my work is Feast on Your Life. I love to cook. But this invitation to feasting comes from something deeper.
I have plucked this phrase from a poem of Caribbean poet and playwright Derek Walcott (b. January 23, 1930).
Walcott is a poet of such extraordinary depth that his 1992 Nobel Prize in Literature is a wholly inadequate measure of his mesmerizing words, and I have come to believe that his luminous and unexpected gleam of human life in his poem “Love After Love,” (Collected Poems: 1948–1984), is the greatest adulting poem ever written.
Take a calming breath and enjoy.
LOVE AFTER LOVE
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
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.
Do you ever read poetry in your corporate office, startup workspace, non-profit basement, or government building?
Find a poem or a quote that moves you and read it to your child, parent, friend, pupil, coworker, or--I dare you--boss!