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Afternoon light ripened the valley

From: Another Life, by Derek Walcott. As read from Teju Cole’s essay Derek Walcott, from his collection of essays – Known and Strange Things.

I read this Derek Walcott line repeatedly. I admit I’d never heard of Walcott before reading Teju Cole’s essay.

With a few words Walcott took me to a mountain range.

I could see the orange and yellows wash across the shrubs. I watched the white and pink light flood over the granite.

I wanted to keep going back there.