OH, CAPTAIN!

ROBIN WILLIAMS  1951 - 2014

ROBIN WILLIAMS
1951 – 2014

Your journey has ended,
by your hand and much too soon.
You, the buffoon, the clown, the genius
bringing joy to the world.
But, for what it’s worth, who gave you mirth?
Your torment was an illness,
your illness was your privacy.
In the shadows of a mind so sharp,
that spark of madness run amok.
You had been stuck for a while
and the smile you wore tore your heart
to shreds. We laughed at your brand,
and demanded more of you
but, you had given enough.
It is tough that you didn’t save
some for yourself. We took you
seriously when your dramatics
gripped us. It ripped us as well,
your living hell of which you would tell,
of powders and pills and rivulets
of distilled potions, notions of answers
left un-questioned; too many to mention.
You’ve gone back to the egg.
You have been silenced like Ellen James.
Long did you stand as the grown-up Pan.
You have sucked the marrow out of this life.
There is no Doubt (the) fire has gone out.
It makes us want to shout,
Oh Captain, My Captain!
Thank you for your gift,
we’ve enjoyed it while it lasted.
And in our hearts you will live within a smile.
What dreams may come, you will greet us.
You will meet us with a joke in tow.
We know your journey has ended.
The Genie has been freed.
The Buffoon. The Clown.
The Genius indeed. Oh, Captain,
Bon Voyage!

© Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

 

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INFORM POETS – HAY(NA)KU

Hay(na)ku is a poem written in 3-lines, with one word in the first line, two words in the second, and three in the third. These are the only restrictions.

There are already some variations of this new poetic form. A reverse hay(na)ku flips the lines to three, two, and one word(s) for lines one, two, and three. Multiple hay(na)ku can be linked to form longer poems.

WALT’S EXAMPLE (LINKED HAY(NA)KU):

JOURNEY

Journey
into life.
See your future;

promising,
offering hope,
bringing you peace.

Fears
unfounded, unsure;
face them bravely.

Dream.
Your aspirations
guide your steps.

Start
moving forward.
Begin your journey!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

 

WALT’S HAY(NA)KU:

I
am poet.
Could be verse!

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014

 

WALT’S EXAMPLE (REVERSE HAY(NA)KU):

In the winter,
the earth
hibernates.

(C) Walter J Wojtanik, 2014