Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

1. A City's Death By Fire 1/13/2003
2. A Far Cry From Africa 1/13/2003
3. After The Storm 1/13/2003
4. Blues 1/13/2003
5. Codicil 1/13/2003
6. Coral 4/12/2010
7. Dark August 4/12/2010
8. Egypt, Tobago 1/13/2003
9. Forest Of Europe 1/13/2003
10. From 'Omeros' 2/9/2015
11. In the Village 6/16/2015
12. In The Virgins 1/13/2003
13. Koening Of The River 1/13/2003
14. Love After Love 1/13/2003
15. Midsummer, Tobago 1/13/2003
16. Night In The Gardens Of Port Of Spain 11/7/2005
17. Parang 1/13/2003
18. Pentecost 4/12/2010
19. R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) 1/13/2003
20. Ruins Of A Great House 3/30/2015
21. Sabbaths, W.I. 1/13/2003
22. The Bounty 2/9/2015
23. The Fist 6/2/2015
24. The Glory Trumpeter 11/7/2005
25. The Saddhu Of Couva 1/13/2003
26. The Sea Is History 1/13/2003
27. The Season of Phantasmal Peace 12/31/2015
28. The Star-Apple Kingdom 4/12/2010
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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