Saturday, January 8, 2011

stumbling towards ecstasy 

Bliss was found in these true words:

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 others 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 ~


  1. oh what a beautiful, beautiful poem..

    love the chair too :)

  2. Oh I love those beautiful words. My my, feasting on one's own life. What a beautiful poem Gemma. I like your painting too. I feel like sitting there and pretending I'm sitting at your house drinking coffee.:) Have a great Sunday.

  3. Love this Gemma. Wolcott's words speak to the corners of my heart that have, lately, emerged into the light.

  4. Such a beautiful post gemma! you are such a shining star..gorgeous art!

  5. I Adore Derek Walcott's poem. I have it on my wall at work. I read it often. I Love the little chair that you have painted and included with the poem, so humble, so sweet, with a tiny heart in the center. This is pure magic. thank you. I needed this today.

  6. i have been out in the big world all day. you cannot begin to imagine how welcome i feel here. the perfect chair to sit quietly in and allow the nectar of each healing word to seep into my every cell.

    thank you for receiving me so graciously.

  7. to sit in this chair
    eating bread and sipping wine—
    foretaste of heaven


  8. Love the poem and your painting. It is a perfect combination.

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  10. I'm new to your house Gemma, I got lost for awhile! But found my way back to say it seems very cosy and peaceful here I think I will stay for a little longer!

    Sue x