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!
like the futile march of crab-armies
from mangrove fortress to the beach
like the palm-fringe waiting
to be breached
Already I know, the moment you land I
In the shadows of the rain forest
I wait in submission
Amidst the trembling of the leaves
I practise hesitant discourse
my impenetrable heart.
– by Olive Senior
Source: Poetry International
Here is ‘Brief Lives’ from Gardening in the Tropics.