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April is the Coolest Month – Just Poets Favorite Poem for April 8

As part of National Poetry Month, Just Poets members will share their favorite poems along with a brief note about why the poem is their favorite poem. Today’s poem is selected by Anita Augesen.

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Derek Walcott

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.

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Just Poets Member Statement:

One poem can often be more effective than an entire self-help book. It reminds me how important it is to remember to love and appreciate oneself.

– Anita Augesen

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“Love After Love” appears in the Collected Poems, which is available here.

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