Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

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


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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