Ode to Robin Williams

If ever there was a reason
to honor an actor or two-
Oh Mr. Williams
you’ve given more than a few
so many in fact
they simply won’t do.
The honor it comes from
the anger and pain
you shouldn’t have died
you could’ve been saved.
No matter the coping
no matter the lies, anyone
you spoke to could have saved a life.
Oh Mr. Williams
they should’ve known
there is no excuse as they grieve and they moan.
Failure it comes from being alone
you had the resources, you had the home.
Oh Mr Williams
they should’ve known
depression it comes but with love it goes.
People are failures when it comes to their own.
Oh Mr Williams,
maybe I’m wrong
maybe it’s just that I wanted you to be loved
maybe that’s why it’s so hard to see-
how a man with many friends
took to the extreme.
Oh Mr Williams
you were a good soul
it’s a shame that we pretend
you wanted to go
as though suicide isn’t a cry for help
from a sick brain, sick frame, a person in doubt.
Oh Mr Williams
this ode is for you
another celebrity death
that could have been prevented
suicide the question
your answer sadly lacked intervention.


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