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4.29.2009

love after love




I've just begun The Time Traveler's Wife (apologies, apologies to Krysta who advised against this book) and as of now I'm totally confused. 

But...

Just before the dedication page there is a poem by Derek Walcott. And I had to share it...




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.






Isn't that perfect? Isn't that exactly what everything is all about?


image at fffound quoted by Oh Joy 

21 comments:

Amy said...

stick with the book, it's worth the confusion. it is so lovely and romantic.

Gabby said...

I loved that book, although you're right, it's confusing at first. :)

Elizabeth Marie said...

Yep, agree with the two lovelies above...didnt get it at all at first! But it's amazing.

XO

black vanilla rose said...

I think I've just found the next book i want to read... thanks :] sounds lovely xx

Diana said...

i love this book. i wonder why you were advised to not read it...

shannan said...

meg, thanks for sharing the walcott poem. it's something i really needed to hear right now.

Thao said...

It's one of my favorite books, though my heart hurt the entire time I was reading it.

jess said...

Hi meg, I found your blog via rockstar diaries and I love your realism and honesty its very refreshing.

This is one of my favorite books ever, the trick is to not try to understand the whole time travel thing, just go with it.

x

Signorina Svizzera said...

I have never read that book, but I love that poem. I wanted to thank you for all your comments! I saw the most recent ones now, but the earlier ones I had somehow never seen until now. So thanks for all the kind words- and agreements about letters to future husbands! :)

Kimberly Julie said...

OMG I love that poem... Simply wonderful.

Wisdom + Understanding said...

oh my, yes.

that's lovely and perfect. thanks for posting it meg, you make me smile :)

shal

Micaela said...

love it.

honestly, I was lost too and confused and actually put it down for a few days... then I picked it up and couldn't put it down. It's slow at first... but keep falling in love with her words, you will see you can, and easily.

Leslie said...

You picked a great book!! It turned out to be one of my favs! Stick with it, i promise it will be worth it!

P.S. I loved yout 25 before 25!

Hanako66 said...

what a lovely poem

Kelsey said...

Oh that poem is wonderful.

kathleen said...

That is my all-time favorite poem.

Sarah-lucy said...

I really liked that book.

smallinthecity said...

Its an amazing book!!! keep reading, even if it makes you cry, its worth it! x

The Wanderers' Daughter said...

I dont' know who advised against this book, but it's one of my all-time favorites in contemporary lit. I adore it and have revisited it time and again.

miss sarahliz said...

i'm in love with that poem. perfect. thank you for sharing that!

Carolyn said...

I love that poem!!!!