Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

1. The Fist 6/2/2015
2. In the Village 6/16/2015
3. Ruins Of A Great House 3/30/2015
4. The Bounty 2/9/2015
5. From 'Omeros' 2/9/2015
6. The Star-Apple Kingdom 4/12/2010
7. Pentecost 4/12/2010
8. Coral 4/12/2010
9. R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) 1/13/2003
10. Dark August 4/12/2010
11. Parang 1/13/2003
12. Codicil 1/13/2003
13. In The Virgins 1/13/2003
14. Koening Of The River 1/13/2003
15. Sabbaths, W.I. 1/13/2003
16. The Saddhu Of Couva 1/13/2003
17. Forest Of Europe 1/13/2003
18. Egypt, Tobago 1/13/2003
19. Night In The Gardens Of Port Of Spain 11/7/2005
20. The Glory Trumpeter 11/7/2005
21. After The Storm 1/13/2003
22. The Sea Is History 1/13/2003
23. A Far Cry From Africa 1/13/2003
24. Blues 1/13/2003
25. Midsummer, Tobago 1/13/2003
26. A City's Death By Fire 1/13/2003
27. Love After Love 1/13/2003
Best Poem of 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.

Read the full of Love After Love

The Glory Trumpeter

Old Eddie's face, wrinkled with river lights,
Looked like a Mississippi man's. The eyes,
Derisive and avuncular at once,
Swivelling, fixed me. They'd seen
Too many wakes, too many cathouse nights.
The bony, idle fingers on the valves
Of his knee-cradled horn could tear
Through 'Georgia on My Mind' or 'Jesus Saves'
With the same fury of indifference,

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