Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Derek Mahon's "Everything is Going to Be All Right"

I can't tell if this poem is blissful or ominous.  Is it the words of a mystic, or a denier?  Thoughts? 

"Everything Is Going to Be All Right"

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.

~ Derek Mahon ~


Maureen said...

I read this as daring to find beauty even in the midst of knowing there is death, and so being hope-full.

Anonymous said...

when was this poem first published, do you know?

Philip Metres said...

It is published in his Selected Poems (1979), but initial publication date could be much earlier (1962-1978).