WestWords Perfect Pair 05.08.2014

Derek Walcott was born in the West Indies in 1930. Since his breakthrough collection, In a Green Night in 1962, he has published numerous collections of poetry including The Prodigal: A Poem in 2004, Selected Poems in 2007 and more recently in 2010, White Egrets. Walcott has published more than twenty plays including Walker And The Ghost Dance an Odyssey: A Stage Version in 1993. He founded the Trinidad Theatre Workshop and the Boston Playwrights’ Theatre at Boston University in 1981. Walcott was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992, the first Caribbean writer to receive the honour. This is:


By Derek Walcott

Let the day grow on you upward
Through your feet,
The vegetal knuckles

To your knees of stone,
Until by evening you are a black tree;
Feel, with evening,

The swifts thicken your hair,
The new moon rising out of your forehead,
Until the moonlit veins of silver

Running from your armpits
Like rivulets under white leaves.
Sleep, as ants

Cross over your eyelids,
You have never possessed anything
As deeply as this.
This is all you have owned
From the first outcry
Through forever;

You can never be dispossessed.




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