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My Very First Guest Poster
January 30th, 2011 by Christina

This morning I was lying in bed, listening to NPR. It was early–around 8 am. (I got up so I could get to Target before anyone else, because I have crowded-Target phobia.)

Anyway, a guy was being interviewed about “mindfulness” (sorry, but that’s one of those jargon-y words I have to put in quotes, though it resonates with me more than the others) and meditation. He read this poem aloud and it spoke to me in a big way, so I want to share it. It’s the takeaway message for me and I think for anyone who ends up single again after a long relationship. You were on one planet, half of a whole, and now you’re on a different one–one that only vaguely resembles the planet you were on as a single person before marriage. Even if you end up in a new post-marital relationship, it’s so different from that first defining one, formed when you were young and naive and forever-oriented. You’re forced to realize that it’s you who must be your greatest source of strength, you who is both halves of the whole; anyone else is pretty much gravy.

I’ll shut up now and turn the spotlight on the beautiful, true words of my guest poster, 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 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.

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6 Responses  
Rachel writes:
January 30th, 2011 at 8:38 pm

How utterly gorgeous and necessary and true. Married or single. Thank you!

Christina writes:
January 30th, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Right? I’ve been re-reading this poem all day. And–yes, married or single, of course. For me, though, it took single again (re-singled?) to get the message.

Denise writes:
January 31st, 2011 at 7:02 am

Christina!

I was sitting and listening to that program too! Husband had left the house early, kids were in the basement playing Wii, and I was having my first-cup-of-coffee time and listening to NPR (my daily soundtrack). I stopped and listened very carefully to that poem, staring out at the snow field that is my backyard. It was a very peaceful, profound moment, and I don’t get a lot of those (or I do and I miss the others!). How cool to think you were doing a similar thing, and thought to share it!

Denise

Christina writes:
January 31st, 2011 at 7:15 am

Another friend of mine was also listening, Denise. Very cool! What would we do without NPR–seriously.

Cheryl writes:
January 31st, 2011 at 7:20 pm

That was beautiful. Thank you for posting it!

Julia writes:
February 12th, 2011 at 6:01 am

This was lovely and immensely touching–and it speaks to every type of lost relationship, however the loss came about.

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