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

Dark August

So much rain, so much life like the swollen sky
of this black August. My sister, the sun,
broods in her yellow room and won't come out.

Everything goes to hell; the mountains fume
like a kettle, rivers overrun; still,
she will not rise and turn off the rain.

She is in her room, fondling old things,

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