THERE NEVER REALLY WAS
A “WE” OR “OURS”

A NEW POEM

by Derek Walcott

There never really was a “we” or “ours,”
whatever each enjoyed was separate,
a drizzle’s drift, the slant of arrowing showers
on a hot road, on roofs, made them elate,
but with a joy defined by separation—

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Derek Walcott was born in St. Lucia in 1930. He is the author of eight collections of plays and a book of essays. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1992. White Egrets is his fourteenth collection of poems.

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