Advice for the Lovelorn

Comes a day when you say
make it all go away--
You cannot stay in a place
lacking grace, or recognize
your own face in the glass--
Time for hate has passed.
Freak flag’s at half mast,
but only for one day--
After that, be on your way.
In the end, you have yourself
and no one else--
Yours is the love that lasts.

Kim's weekend prompt to the Real Toads is Love After Love, which features a much better poem than this one, by Derek Walcott, so you should read it.