21 Days/21 Poems: ‘Discovery’ by Olive Senior

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Olive Senior is an award-winning writer and poet from Jamaica.  I love her collection, Gardening in the Tropics. I chose this poem because of this line: ‘Already I know, the moment you land I become islanded’.

A Caribbean poet for today’s Another 21Days/21 Poems.  I know, the series still lives!

Discovery

Always
like the futile march of crab-armies
from mangrove fortress to the beach

Always
like the palm-fringe waiting
to be breached

Already I know, the moment you land I
become islanded

In the shadows of the rain forest
I wait in submission

Amidst the trembling of the leaves
I practise hesitant discourse

Always
my impenetrable heart.

– by Olive Senior

Source: Poetry International

Here is ‘Brief Lives’ from Gardening in the Tropics.

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