Saturday, September 24, 2011

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.

-- Derek Walcott

More on mindfulness as a way of life and Jon Kabat-Zin here (a full, downloadable podcast) from the amazing Krista Tippett on public radio.

(A grateful h/t to Mia for sending me the poem.)

"Maybe the fear is that
we are less than
we think we are,
when the
actuality of it
is that we are much much more."

— Jon Kabat-Zinn (Arriving at Your Own Door: 108 Lessons in Mindfulness)


sianey said...

Darling B
Is it all as it should be?
I hope so.
All love

Laura Anderson said...

Good morning, Miss Whistle and thank you for your blog.

Read today's as well as some of the links to previous blogs that scroll by - brought me to Peso.

As I too am a ScanBrit blend tho' Canadian, and also love Riddley Walker and the Mitfords, and Walcott's poem, I was prompted to write.... inquire if you're aware of an energy balancing practice called BodyTalk ( BT works great with animals - releasing traumas, habits, patterns (for humans too) and an excellent ongoing practice to maintain balance on every level and promote well being.

The moment when riding a horse named Opto that I envisioned our next move and he did it was a transcendent treasured experience that led eventually to BT, which is based on the connection between one's innate wisdom and another's.

Best to you and to your animals. LA

Clara Walmsley said...

Posted this lovely poem on my blog yesterday with credit to you !