A Tribute to Derek Walcott by Sir Shridath Ramphal

In his epic work, OMEROS, Derek Walcott wrote of “a quiet culture that…slowly but sure,… will change us with the fluent sculpture of Time – strong as self-healing coral,”

(FILE IMAGE) In 1992 Sir Shridath, Walcott and the late William Demas were the three first recipients of the Order of the Caribbean Community (OCC)

He was the quintessence of that Caribbean culture and his life’s work has surely changed our region for all time. He came to belong to the wider world; but we shall miss him most. Saint Lucia, who made us proud in molding him will, of course, miss him most of all. We must rely now on that quiet culture his genius left us – and further it.

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