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, 1976.
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The new issue of Here – Notes from the Present will be out by the end of this month. Entitled “family, work”, it includes: diary entries from Italy, Russia, Gaza, El Salvador, the United States, Morocco, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia; poems by Gherardo Bortolotti and Franco Buffoni; and “Notes on Family and Work” by Massimo Parizzi.
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