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Derek Walcott

(23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Poems of Derek Walcott

21. The Sea Is History 1/13/2003
22. The Star-Apple Kingdom 4/12/2010

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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