Everything is Going to be All Right by Derek Mahon

“Everything is Going to be All Right”

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.

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