Sometimes all you need is someone to hug you and tell you everything will be fine.
For social distancing reasons, we cannot hug you right now, but we can offer this delightful video of Andrew Scott (aka “Hot Priest” from Fleabag) reading “Everything is Going to be All Right,” by Irish poet Derek Mahon.
The video of Scott’s poetry reading was posted by Game of Thrones star Emilia Clarke, who recently launched a series of celebrity poetry readings for charity. She added that the Fleabag actor had asked to dedicate his reading to Men Against Cancer Ireland.
True to form, Scott reads this lovely poem in his usual charming fashion, and the video leaves you with an overarching feeling that everything will be okay after all.
“How should I not be glad to contemplate/ the clouds clearing beyond the dormer window/ and a high tide reflected on the ceiling?” Scott begins.
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The beautiful, breathtaking talent that is Andrew Scott reads for us ‘Everything is Going to be All Right’ by Derek Mahon. Andrew has asked to dedicate this to Men Against Cancer Ireland @menagainstcancer Andrew we salute you! 🕺 It comes under the prescription for need for reassurance. Here’s how it reads as written in the book @thepoetrypharmacy @thepoetryremedy There are moments in life when the banal suddenly, and quite without warning, becomes the transcendent. Perhaps a shaft of afternoon light paints a familiar view an unfamiliar gold; perhaps dust in a sunbeam or the dance of sparks above a fire transport you, for a long instant, to somewhere else altogether. The almost magical-seeming reflections of ripples on a ceiling are transfixing in just the same way. In moments like these- awe-struck moments when the ferocious beauty of the everyday catches us unawares- we are often moved to a reassessment. One flash of sunlight can be all it takes to give us the sense of possibility that can change everything. As a great sufferer from depression myself, I find a small moment like this, a sudden splash of serenity and beauty, can provide the impetus needed to run my mood around. Not completely, perhaps, and not permanently- but sometimes a small push is all any of us is waiting for. Derek Mahon’s poem ‘Everything is Going to be All Right’ describes wonderfully the feeling of that little push and reassessment. And there’s something hugely powerful, too, about its final line. When my children are suffering and I hold them in my arms, it seems to be the most natural mantra in the world: Everything will be all right. There’s a comfort to those words, whether or not they’ll prove to be true. OF course, some wounds don’t heal, and some wrongs go un-righted. But in the grander sense, in the everything sense, things to tend to be all right. Too often, our pain is either in our heads or magnified beyond all proportion. If we can learn to manage it, if we can find that oasis of calm in the reflection of the waves, then we might find that out problems are not as all-consuming as we imagined. Thank you thank you Andrew! 😘
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“The sun rises in spite of everything,” continues Scott. “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.”
How very soothing.