I realized I had a POEM in me after hearing and watching a day of tributes to Robin Williams. Poems are few are far between in my twilight years, but he inspired me - as he always has. This one's for you, Robin.
THE SHOWMAN IN THE BEDAZZLED CROCODILE SUIT
A colorful robin flies
Between two worlds, of pain and sheer ebullience. The world
According to all needs unabashed laughter. Loud laughter.
Pure joy. Captain, My Captain, fly again.
Fly. Soar. Float above us, wings stretched
Across a splashed canvass of colors
Brighter than should be allowed. Laugh.
WITH us, as we relish you, your rapier wit, yer
Joie de vivre. Our tears are as big
As a lonely elephant when we guffaw. You
Made as chortle, and spew our drinks
Over and over. We have been Playdough, squeezed
Through the firm hands of a master puppeteer, willingly.
Good Morning, Heaven!
The pearly gates spread wide open
For El Maestro. A man, who's comedic touch
Was as light as a snowball; heavy
As a burning sun. Burning man
And its chaos almost captures your soul, chief.
You never had a friend like me, but we had you.
We didn't have you for 200 years
But celluloid will. Good Memory will. Books
Will be filled with legends, about one
Shining star that ignited generations of wild
Imaginations bellowing out, in dervish cries,
From bedrooms to boardrooms ... Nanu, Nanu!
The History Shaman in the Asimovian world of
Tomorrow, in those Glorious Days of FUTURE
Will whisper but one name, robin.
And rainy days will start shedding their own
Barnum & Bailey tears. For you.
Messy, joyful, salty tears of
Understanding mankind. As you understood this
More perfect union.
Can you rest now, maniacal man? Your dues
Are Paid. The audience sleeps, as you sleep.
You're in peace, tossed in the air
From your mother's arms. Rest.
See you soon...
Don't worry, we'll improvise
The rest of the show.
#riprobinwilliams #captainmycaptain #robinwilliams #poetry
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