Treasure Island

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


This coral's hape ecohes the hand
It hollowed. Its

Immediate absence is heavy. As pumice,
As your breast in my cupped palm.

Sea-cold, its nipple rasps like sand,
Its pores, like yours, shone with salt sweat.

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