Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Midsummer, Tobago - Poem by Derek Walcott

Broad sun-stoned beaches.

White heat.
A green river.

A bridge,
scorched yellow palms

from the summer-sleeping house
drowsing through August.

Days I have held,
days I have lost,

days that outgrow, like daughters,
my harbouring arms.


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Read poems about / on: august, river, summer, house, green, lost, sun, beach, daughter, sleep



Poem Submitted: Monday, January 13, 2003

Poem Edited: Saturday, November 19, 2011


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