RobertB • 3 days ago
Robin Williams: R.I.P.
By Bob B (8-12-14)

Light your candle, bow at your altar,
Let tears fall from your eyes,
Say a prayer, stop and reflect,
Hear the world’s cries.

Robin Williams—actor, comedian,
Talent extraordinaire,
A one of a kind entertainer
With gifts beyond compare—

Has made a sudden and early exit;
He’s finished his final show.
His play has ended, the curtain has fallen,
And we are left feeling woe.

Since HAPPY DAYS and MORK AND MINDY,
Williams had warmed our hearts.
His smart, manic comedic brilliance
Was a mastery of the arts.

His success in DEAD POETS SOCIETY
And GOOD WILL HUNTING were factors
That proved that Williams was truly one of
America’s leading actors.

His remarkable range, his comedic timing,
His unpredictability,
Could catch us off guard. He astounded us
With expert acting agility.

GOOD MORNING, VIETNAM; MRS. DOUBTFIRE;
ALADDIN… There were so many!
Think of a role he wasn’t good at;
I can’t think of any.

The play WAITING FOR GODOT led Williams
To successfully engage
In performing the role of Estragon
On the Broadway stage.

Such a versatile actor he was!
It’s like we’ve lost a friend.
To lose him in such a sudden manner
Is hard to comprehend.

We never know the ghosts that haunt
Another person’s life.
We can’t always know the pain they suffer—
Their inner struggles, their strife.

We tend to think that comedians live
A life of laughter and bliss.
We see the clever and funny side;
We seldom see the abyss.

What a tremendous loss to the world!
What a shining star!
Know that you touched our hearts profoundly,
Robin, wherever you are.

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