Everything is going to be all right

This evening the (acting) Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further restrictions as a result of the Coronavirus outbreak in Ireland, meaning that most of us are now confined to our homes for at least the next 14 days.

Remarkably, the main news on RTÉ this evening responded to this announcement with a reading of this poem by Irish poet Derek Mahon.

How should I not be glad to contemplate
the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window
and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?
There will be dying, there will be dying,
but there is no need to go into that.
The poems flow from the hand unbidden
and the hidden source is the watchful heart.
The sun rises in spite of everything
and the far cities are beautiful and bright.
I lie here in a riot of sunlight
watching the day break and the clouds flying.
Everything is going to be all right.

by Derek Mahon

2 Responses to “Everything is going to be all right”

  1. brissioni Says:

    I hope you don’t mind that I copied this to post on Facebook to family and friends. I am 74 and in a high risk group so this was perfect and lifted my spirits.

  2. Nigel Foot Says:

    Lovely! We need more of this at the present time! Thanks for posting.

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