These words fill me up with love and gratitude. It’s my pleasure to pass on the goodness from Derek Walcottย ๐Ÿ’›

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“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 others welcome,

and say, sit here. Eat.

bread and wine

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, “Love After Love” 1974

 

Feast on your life and what has brought you here.

Let this awareness open your heart in loving kindness and gratitude.

And find your Self waiting with open arms โค๏ธ

 

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life ๐Ÿ’›

72 comments on “* Love After Love

  1. One of my all time favourites, Val. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. soulspeak2013

    Reblogged this on At the Table, On my Plate.

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  3. soulspeak2013

    Thank you Val.

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  4. Beautiful feast of words. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  5. A Beautiful meeting! Beautiful words ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’œ๐Ÿ’•

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  6. I think I may have arrived at this place. Thanks, Val! ๐Ÿ™‚
    https://meinthemiddlewrites.com/

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    • On arrival we may see that the journey is ongoing, with more insights to be ready for.
      Letting go of results and evaluations can be tough … until we see they are only imposed, and not the truth.
      xo

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  7. What a lovely idea! Today life’s challenges weigh heavy but another day the burden will lift and I with myself shall dance.

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    • Poignant words Sunny…. there is a time for grieving, being with the flow and nurturing ourselves. Yet we also know that nature and universe evolves. We humans may get stuck in what we wanted to happen in the past or what we hoped for the future.
      What if what is happening is exactly what needs to happen, in order to bring about change and a different outcome? It may not be what we expected or hoped for … but it is what it is.
      I was asked this question earlier. It’s time to embrace it for what it is, and be ready to stand up and be passionate about what is so important to us ๐Ÿ’•

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  8. The bread and wine look like they could help in any situation.

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  9. So beautifully expressed. The heart of the truth that to love another first you have to love yourself.

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  10. So beautiful, Val. If this had been shared anonymously, I would have known it was shared by you. โค

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  11. Thank you Paul. We forget. We dismiss. We remember what a dog or loving partner reminds us …. yet isn’t it such a gift that we can keep tuning into. ๐Ÿ’•

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  12. Wonderful poem, Val.
    Here’s to being at peace with who we are.

    I am that I am. Let’s Feast!

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  13. I have this poem hanging in my home. I love it. Thank you for sharing your love of it too.

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  14. Really beautiful ๐Ÿ’œ

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  15. A clever analogy Val and many thanks for passing it on, I have a post scheduled for January … saying something similar looking at oneself, but not as succinctly. Love, David

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  16. Lovely, Val. Thanks so much for sharing Derek’s wisdom. โค

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  17. Great Post Val… Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ’Ÿ๐Ÿ’ž๐Ÿ’–๐Ÿ’•

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  19. I find comfort in these words, truly inspiring thanks Val.

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  20. iamorelbaz

    Beautiful words.

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  21. Damn! That was amazingโค

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  22. Beautiful ๐Ÿ˜

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  23. This is beautiful. Thank you.

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  24. This is a great post.. if we fall back in love with ourselves. We will then Lear how to love others, give to other and care for others.. it all starts with self first.

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  25. This is nice! Congratulations!

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  26. A good piece of thought

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  27. Beautiful! โค

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  28. Absolutely love itโค๐Ÿ˜ do check out my blog posts and let me know what you think I’m new to the blogging world xxx

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  29. weareserendipityblog

    This was so inspirational!

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  30. underthesun12

    Aw. I needed this, thank you! This was stunning.

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  31. Tamara Yancosky Moore

    Brilliant! I love this ๐Ÿ’™ Love will get us through, but first we must love ourselves ๐Ÿ’œ
    Tamara Yancosky Moore

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  32. Great words! We all need to welcome love more and spread through world. Love will heal world

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  33. I’m new here and this has touched me so deep,since I’m going through a heartbreak myself..now I feel different thank you val Boyko ๐Ÿ™‚

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  34. So touching,

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  36. Awesome – a much laboured word: but how else could I describe this?

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