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

The fist clenched round my heart
loosens a little, and I gasp
brightness; but it tightens
again. When have I ever not loved
the pain of love? But this has moved

past love to mania. This has the strong
clench of the madman, this is
gripping the ledge of unreason, before

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