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Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Poems of Derek Walcott

1. A City's Death By Fire 1/13/2003
2. A Far Cry From Africa 1/13/2003
3. After The Storm 1/13/2003
4. Blues 1/13/2003
5. Codicil 1/13/2003
6. Coral 4/12/2010
7. Dark August 4/12/2010
8. Egypt, Tobago 1/13/2003
9. Forest Of Europe 1/13/2003
10. In The Virgins 1/13/2003
11. Koening Of The River 1/13/2003
12. Love After Love 1/13/2003
13. Midsummer, Tobago 1/13/2003
14. Night in the Gardens of Port of Spain 11/7/2005
15. Parang 1/13/2003
16. Pentecost 4/12/2010
17. R.T.S.L. (1917-1977) 1/13/2003
18. Sabbaths, W.I. 1/13/2003
19. The Glory Trumpeter 11/7/2005
20. The Saddhu Of Couva 1/13/2003

The Glory Trumpeter

Old Eddie's face, wrinkled with river lights,
Looked like a Mississippi man's. The eyes,
Derisive and avuncular at once,
Swivelling, fixed me. They'd seen
Too many wakes, too many cathouse nights.
The bony, idle fingers on the valves
Of his knee-cradled horn could tear
Through 'Georgia on My Mind' or 'Jesus Saves'
With the same fury of indifference,

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