Obama was once seen with a book of Walcott's poems in tow, and since that time, some months ago, it's been known that there's a special bond between the two men.
So it's no surprise that Walcott offered up a special creation dedicated to Obama, the most literary president since Abraham Lincoln.
"Forty Acres" (get the reference to Forty Acres and a Mule?) originally appeared in the Times of London, which, on its website, is also giving visitors a chance to see and hear Walcott reading the poem.
By the way, for a long white I've taken pleasure in declaring that Walcott's native St. Lucia has more Nobel Laureates, per capita, than any other country.
There are only two Lucian Laureates (the other being the late Sir Arthur Lewis, an economist); but St. Lucia is a small Caribbean island, and two Nobel Prizes for such a small place are big deal.
I once wrote about this proud Caribbean fact back in 2000 when Walcott spoke at LaGuardia Community College.
(Read it here.)