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A City's Death By Fire - Poem by Derek Walcott

After that hot gospeller has levelled all but the churched sky,
I wrote the tale by tallow of a city's death by fire;
Under a candle's eye, that smoked in tears, I
Wanted to tell, in more than wax, of faiths that were snapped like wire.
All day I walked abroad among the rubbled tales,
Shocked at each wall that stood on the street like a liar;
Loud was the bird-rocked sky, and all the clouds were bales
Torn open by looting, and white, in spite of the fire.
By the smoking sea, where Christ walked, I asked, why
Should a man wax tears, when his wooden world fails?
In town, leaves were paper, but the hills were a flock of faiths;
To a boy who walked all day, each leaf was a green breath
Rebuilding a love I thought was dead as nails,
Blessing the death and the baptism by fire.


Comments about A City's Death By Fire by Derek Walcott

  • Rookie - 0 Points Michelle Mcanuff-gumbs (3/21/2017 9:51:00 PM)

    Its is about the loss and renewal of faith. Literally a church burnt in a fire and what survives... fire is personified a a warner running mad spreading a hell fire gospel message. (Report) Reply

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  • Rookie - 0 Points Michelle Mcanuff-gumbs (3/21/2017 9:47:00 PM)

    Its is about the loss and renewal of faith. Literally a church burnt in a fire and what survives... fire is personifies a a warner running mad spreading a hell fire gospel message. (Report) Reply

  • Gold Star - 39,822 Points Aftab Alam Khursheed (2/25/2015 1:35:00 AM)

    Nice poem- presentation via dream (Report) Reply

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