Nobel laureate, poet and playwright Derek Walcott dead, aged 87 – Richard Lea – The Guardian – 3/17/17

In the Village

Derek Walcott, 19302017


I came up out of the subway and there were
people standing on the steps as if they knew
something I didn’t. This was in the Cold War,
and nuclear fallout. I looked and the whole avenue
was empty, I mean utterly, and I thought,
The birds have abandoned our cities and the plague
of silence multiplies through their arteries, they fought
the war and they lost and there’s nothing subtle or vague
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