I first read, and re-read, this poem in John Kabat-Zinn’s book Coming To Our Senses: Healing Ourselves and The World Through Mindfulness. Reading this poem arouses a sensorial image of a curious and loving touch that begins from within and that moves me beyond my flesh and in a flash connects me with all of life.
It seemed to capture the essence of both my personal practice and my work in the world—the soul touching beauty of learning to love again the stranger who was your self.
Love after Love
by Derek Walcott
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. Read more