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The Sea Is History

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Where are your monuments, your battles, martyrs?
Where is your tribal memory? Sirs,
in that gray vault. The sea. The sea
has locked them up. The sea is History.

First, there was the heaving oil,
heavy as chaos;
then, likea light at the end of a tunnel,

the lantern of a caravel,
and that was Genesis.
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Joseph Dickson 03 June 2020
good i like this i like all nature
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Sweeney Prufrock 09 August 2019
Am I the only one reading slavery/emancipation/civil rights into this?
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Jamie G 30 October 2018
Yap Yap Yap Fantastic Work
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Robin Rambles On 24 August 2018
I love rocks and nature you brought the words nicely together thanks
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Sarah Daclan 10 July 2018
Ive been searching poems about history and I found this, great poem love it.
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Carlos Echeverria 08 January 2018
I read this poem out loud and the words came out of me from depths of my being, like they were written in me before I was born.
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Bernard F. Asuncion 08 January 2018
Such an interesting write by Derek Walcott??????
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Edward Kofi Louis 08 January 2018
Heavy as chaos! ! Thanks for sharing this poem with us.
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Glen Kappy 08 January 2018
My first time reading this. For me it’s impressive as a sustained metaphor and for its descriptions of things in the sea and parallels of them to things above. -GK
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Ramesh T A 08 January 2018
Treasure of history is within sea! Many are unearthed and many more need to be found out to know human origin still and so, history has begun indeed!
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