Who can invoke that sense of the greater self that we are as a community, better than a poet? I’ll leave it to Derek Mahon’s own words, broadcast by RTÉ News earlier this year…
A poem: 'Everything is going to be all right'
Amid the sad news and anxiety the Covid-19 crisis is causing us all, here are words from one of Ireland's most famous poets, Derek Mahon pic.twitter.com/PajNgoNmkJ
— RTÉ News (@rtenews) March 27, 2020
So don’t tweet, read a poem, and maybe, if you know Derek’s work, share your favourite below?
Mick is founding editor of Slugger. He has written papers on the impacts of the Internet on politics and the wider media and is a regular guest and speaking events across Ireland, the UK and Europe. Twitter: @MickFealty