Love After Love


Last week at the evening with Oprah, she shared this beautiful poem which I have cherish since the time she has shared in O magazine several years ago. Soemthing about it just spoke to me...and still speaks to me.

You are the most precious gift there is and I believe, some how, some where, many of us have forgotten that we are a precious gift to this world. Many get lost in the negative inner self talk rather than celebrate the magnificent being that they are. Many believing that they must do great acts in order to be recognized and/or acknowledged when in fact just being present each and every moment of their life is what is being asked of them. As Mother Theresa once shared with us, do small acts with great love!

May this poem inspire you to celebrate your magnificent self...each day is an opportunity to celebrate will you choose to celebrate and feast on your life!

Poem by Derek Walcott

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 of 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.




Diane Merpaw

Sacred Intuitive Artist &

Spiritual Coach