Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

1. The Season of Phantasmal Peace 12/31/2015
2. In the Village 6/16/2015
3. The Fist 6/2/2015
4. Ruins Of A Great House 3/30/2015
5. A Lesson for This Sunday 2/15/2016
6. The Bounty 2/9/2015
7. From 'Omeros' 2/9/2015
8. The Star-Apple Kingdom 4/12/2010
9. Pentecost 4/12/2010
10. Coral 4/12/2010
11. Dark August 4/12/2010
12. R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) 1/13/2003
13. Parang 1/13/2003
14. In The Virgins 1/13/2003
15. Sabbaths, W.I. 1/13/2003
16. Codicil 1/13/2003
17. The Saddhu Of Couva 1/13/2003
18. Koening Of The River 1/13/2003
19. The Glory Trumpeter 11/7/2005
20. Forest Of Europe 1/13/2003
21. Night In The Gardens Of Port Of Spain 11/7/2005
22. After The Storm 1/13/2003
23. The Sea Is History 1/13/2003
24. Blues 1/13/2003
25. Egypt, Tobago 1/13/2003
26. A Far Cry From Africa 1/13/2003
27. Midsummer, Tobago 1/13/2003
28. A City's Death By Fire 1/13/2003
29. 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


Man, I suck me tooth when I hear
How dem croptime fiddlers lie,
And de wailing, kiss-me-arse flutes
That bring water to me eye!
Oh, when I t'ink how from young
I wasted time at de fetes,
I could bawl in a red-eyed rage
For desire turned to regret,
Not knowing the truth that I sang

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