After The Storm Poem by Derek Walcott

After The Storm

Rating: 3.1


There are so many islands!
As many islands as the stars at night
on that branched tree from which meteors are shaken
like falling fruit around the schooner Flight.
But things must fall,and so it always was,
on one hand Venus,on the other Mars;
fall,and are one,just as this earth is one
island in archipelagoes of stars.
My first friend was the sea.Now,is my last.
I stop talking now.I work,then I read,
cotching under a lantern hooked to the mast.
I try to forget what happiness was,
and when that don't work,I study the stars.
Sometimes is just me,and the soft-scissored foam
as the deck turn white and the moon open
a cloud like a door,and the light over me
is a road in white moonlight taking me home.
Shabine sang to you from the depths of the sea.

COMMENTS OF THE POEM
Anil Kumar Panda 21 October 2017

This is nice poetry. Enjoyed thoroughly.

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Bernard F. Asuncion 21 October 2017

Such a brilliant poem by Derek Walcott.....

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Hassan Hayati 21 October 2017

we can learn , from the great poems every day. thanks for sharing.

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Kumarmani Mahakul 21 October 2017

Great write. Nice expression.

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Rose Marie Juan-austin 16 January 2021

Beautifully crafted poem with great imagery.

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Dr Antony Theodore 10 December 2020

There are so many islands! As many islands as the stars at night on that branched tree from which meteors are shaken like falling fruit around the schooner Flight. The island and the stars and the poet who lies on the island and watches the stars in the firmament. tony

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Dr Antony Theodore 28 September 2020

My first friend was the sea.Now, is my last. I stop talking now.I work, then I read, cotching under a lantern hooked to the mast. a very good poem. tony

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Q Graw 16 August 2020

Very well written poem once again from Derek Walcott

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HAKIZIMANA RENE 25 January 2018

IT IS COMPLICATED AS LITERATURE

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Derek Walcott

Derek Walcott

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