Out of the turmoil emerges one emblem, an engraving —
a young Negro at dawn in straw hat and overalls,
an emblem of impossible prophecy, a crowd
dividing like the furrow which a mule has ploughed,
parting for their president: a field of snow-flecked
cotton . . . (continue reading)
Derek Walcott’s poem was written exclusively for The Times to mark the election of Barack Obama as President of the USA.
Thanks to Rethabile Masilo for the lead to this one.