Greet Yourself at Your Own Door


What a combination! David Whyte reads Nobel prize-winning poet, Derek Wolcott.

" You will love again the stranger who was your self.!"


After you listen, please enjoy a smile meditation at the end of this post.



"Love After Love"

by Derek Wolcott*


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.



Smile Meditation



Derek Wolcott 1930-2017: The most important West Indian poet and dramatist writing in English today. Walcott has lived most of his life in Trinidad. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1992.