Derek Walcott

Rookie (23 January 1930 / Castries / St Lucia)

Derek Walcott Poems

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

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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