Collected Poems, 1948-1984 by Derek Walcott

By Derek Walcott

A suite of poems via modern poet, Derek Walcott, whose topic is the landscape of existence, panorama, tradition and politics of the West Indies.

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I can tell you what not — it is 31 Summer ; — Fatigue ; — A Direction , Up ; — and A Spreading Out Unlawed 1 — Yet sitting with so little blood leaving me to cause this fatigue , on top of the picnic table my ankles are now over its precipice of at the air over its edge over even the hollow circular and flat thin stalks and grass blades growing fast with so much speed no hurry I can see beneath my feet kicking into the summer air —— looking up from underneath in front of the on- 32 rushing speed of a cloud throwing its first thrust-shudders over the top edge of the mountain like I thought a spreading out of the unlawed — up from underneath its white cloud edge , especially harvested by all these fir and spruce and aspen and pine top edges jutting fragrant fierce with hot smell ( spill outs of their seeds ) growing the indenting of the mountain in their evergreen to blue 33 tone - scented modulatings , taperings , moorings which the now big cloud passing over also harvests push ing some kind of lawlessness 34 2 along — — ( up from my feet I’ve stopped kicking , or now forget to kick , underneath the great white cloud moving at varying and breakneck speeds — Which I imagine is moving — moving unlawed though I am not imagine out from its nature but it is not a law passing over meta- the air waves the satellite dish the llic meticulous signals , , ) — I losing neither a little nor a lot of blood — am over the dropped - 35 down landscape thundering along its applause sounds its green to brown to amber under neath feathering along its before-fatigue intricacy , which harvests the let me come closer in — & the sun , a windfall enabling so much of it roving the mountain from almost its very beginning to its very present height , the world surges as then world against , out its fast one & only speed from into air and the lightflow at all smashing into what looks like a lumpy eternity , summer 36 dives me and the black fly in windflow against And in Though it is mortal its engines , a repose in the and in its bumping up ?

Change your / courtesy dream of / life / voice / 45 oh pilgrim go ahead kiss yourself hard to get at inner elbow , timing chambers spring vulva preparing the meals ( and table 46 bare note conversation , ) see , it ’ s the no horizon unraveling is — that how speed the spirit walks down by hand to stitute city , its sub- ( the ) underglade 47 This page intentionally left blank III This page intentionally left blank I Felt a Fierce Unfreedom The parruchiere is brushing your hair as if you were her favorite doll .

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