A Clown's Disguise: An Ode to Robin Williams

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Robin Williams and Pam Dauber as Mork and Mindy
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It is impossible not to love this movie. Patch Adams is based on a real person, and if all doctors were as caring and generous as this man the world would be a better place. Robin Williams, as always, played the character perfectly and helped make him so endearing. If you haven't already, you need to watch this.

A Clown's Disguise (an ode to Robin Williams)

by John Hansen (c) 2014


All the world weeps this day

The King of Clowns has passed away.

He made us laugh as Mork from Ork,

And was master of the witty talk.


Mrs Doubtfire made us smile

Jumanji fed the inner child.

A penguin's voice in Happy Feet,

But the sad 'black dog' he couldn't beat.


As Popeye the Sailor or Peter Pan

We were entertained by this Millennium Man.

Though underneath the joker's grin

Was a trouble soul that burned within.


In serious roles his acting shone,

Like Dead Poets Society and Dreams May Come.

Robin Williams was loved world-wide

But depression racked the man inside.


In ten years time we'll be weeping still

For we never saw that he was Ill.

True sadness showed within his eyes,

But he hid it all..through a clown's disguise.

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Robin Williams' Most Memorable Films

  • Good Will Hunting
  • Dead Poets Society
  • Good Morning Vietnam
  • What Dreams May Come
  • Mrs Doubtfire
  • The Fisher King
  • One Hour Photo
  • Patch Adams
  • Popeye
  • Awakenings
  • Moscow on the Hudson
  • World's Greatest Dad
  • Insomnia
  • The World According to Garp

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MsDora 2 years ago from The Caribbean

Applause, applause for the poem, even as we grieve the loss of this admirable soul. I bet he would have said, "Thanks, Jodah" and added some silly remark to make us laugh. We miss him, dearly.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Bless you, Jodah, for such a lovely tribute to the one we loved so. Voted Up, A, B and share H+ and FB.


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Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

Beautiful poem. It captures him so well.


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FlourishAnyway 2 years ago from USA

A lovely tribute to a troubled soul and a man with no equals in the world of comedy.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Beautiful tribute, John. He truly made us laugh in his lifetime. I remember watching Mork and Mindy, seems like yesterday. He would have loved your poem.

Voted up +++ tweeting and pinning

God bless you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you MsDora. It is funny how the passing of someone you have never met can have such an effect. I suppose he was in so many movies and interviews that it felt as though you knew him. I'm sure he would have had a witty remark ready even at the last moment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Phyllis. I know there have already been a lot of tributes but it was something I had to do as well. I grew up with the guy's movies.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Victoria, and for your kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Flourish, I tried to think of another comedian who could match him and failed. He will be greatly missed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Faith, thanks for your vote up, ion and tweet. I hope he would have approved this poem.


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janshares 2 years ago from Washington, DC

Wonderful tribute to a one-of-a-kind man. I loved reading the poem in color, as he was so colorful. Very clever and beautifully done. Robin Williams will be sorely missed. Thank you Jodah, for honoring him so creatively.


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Frank Atanacio 2 years ago from Shelton

he was one of my favorite comics of all time and i've read so many tributes to him.. some so properly done.. this one falls into theat category.. bless you bro


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

It's the least I could do Jan, he brought me so much joy. Glad you like the poem in colour.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

There have been so many tributes already Frank, as you say both good and bad. I was loath to add to them as I realise readers can only handle so much. I hope tis poem did him justice.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, I am very happy you did add to the many tributes, for it was very kind and loving of you. There can never be enough tributes to such a well-loved actor and comedian as Robin Williams. We shared the joy he gave us and now we share the tears. It brings us all together for love of this man.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks again Phyllis.


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JayeWisdom 2 years ago from Deep South, USA

Your tribute to Robin Williams is beautiful, John, and there can't be too many of them. I hope he would be pleased to know how much he was loved by so many. JAYE


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much Jaye. Glad you enjoyed this poem.


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annart 2 years ago from SW England

You've covered it all, John. I loved Mork and Mindy with his zany style. He was great at comedy as well as being a serious actor and he leaves a great hole on this earth. At least we still have his image to entertain us for evermore.

Lovely poem, John.

Ann


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Ann, your kind comment is much apprecitaed, and yes he will live on through his wonderful work.


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bravewarrior 2 years ago from Central Florida

And you thought you couldn't top yourself. Excellent hub, John. Your poem is endearing. Yes, Robin Williams will be missed for years to come. I just hope he's finally found peace.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes Shauna, I too hope he has found peace. He has obviously been troubled for years but was able to hide it from most of us beneath his funny, intelligent exterior. Thank you for your kind words. Maybe it took something like this to force my hand and give me something to prompt my writing.


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Ericdierker 2 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thank you


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MizBejabbers 2 years ago

Absolutely beautiful, John. You always write so beautifully and so appropriately. I think this truly expresses our feelings about Robin Williams. Why is it that so many clowns cry inside? Are they trying to hide their true feelings? He was a truly funny man and an amazingly articulate comedian. We all mourn his loss. Voted up and beautiful.


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always exploring 2 years ago from Southern Illinois

The video was long but well worth the time spent. I always loved Robin Williams, and i was shocked when i heard the news. He truly was a clown in disguise. Your tribute to him was beautiful and heartfelt. Thank you...


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

MizBejabbers, I am glad you enjoyed reading this poem. I don' know why clowns are often sad or troubled but it is a sad loss. Thank you for the vote up and kind comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks you for reading Eric.

Thanks for your kind words Ruby. I was shocked too, didn't believe it at first. Thanks for watching the video too.


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billybuc 2 years ago from Olympia, WA

He was an incredible talent...great stand-up comic, improvisationalist....and judging from his friends, a good and caring man. All that was missing was self-happiness. A sad loss.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England

That was an amazing poem Jodah, you said it exactly. Yes his eyes did always look sad even though he had that smile on his face, such a darn tragedy, I loved him to bits, especially in Hook, I must have watched that a dozen times, wonderful! voted up and shared all over, nell


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fpherj48 2 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Yes, Jodah.......Robin Williams, the original "Pagliacci".......Your tribute is stunning.....may the healing begin...Peace, Paula


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savvydating 2 years ago

Well done, Jodah. Such a lovely trubute to one of America's finest talents. Robin Williams death made me sadder than other Hollywood deaths I hear about. I don't know why. It's just that he was so special. You are right...he really did hide behind the face of a clown.


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CrisSp 2 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

Wonderful tribute capturing all that RW beautiful works and the amazing person that he was.

Salute!


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carrie Lee Night 2 years ago from Northeast United States

Awesome ! :). I know he would be proud and grinning his goofiest grin. Thank you for sharing.


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Aneegma 2 years ago

Very Beautiful John... such a devastating loss to not just his family but to us fans. Brilliant tribute. x


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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i missed him too, such a jovial guy, never expect him to have problems too


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brakel2 2 years ago from Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

I miss him already. This poem, Jodah, says it all. The movies entertained us, his wit made us laugh. Deep inside him were fears that we never saw. Your words are such a tribute to a man that everyone loved. If he could see the tributes and know the love of all, he would be happy. and maybe he can see it all. He is at peace. Your poetry almost makes me cry. Blessings, Audrey


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

I love your ode. A clown's disguise is so perfectly fitting.


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Dana Tate 2 years ago from LOS ANGELES

Wow! you really did an awesome job with this one Jodah. Mork and Mindy was one of my favorite shows as a child and when I heard about his passing it broke my heart. Of all people, who would of thought behind that goofy grin he was battling depression. I think it's sad in a world full of people its hard to notice someone else in so much pain. Even though I know depression is a mental disorder and it has to do with the person themselves and not necessarily anyone else, I still say we have to love each other more. It's easier to love more than deal with this kind of pain for the rest of your life. God bless u Jodah. Voted up awesome and shared.


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Jackie Lynnley 2 years ago from The Beautiful South

Just a poem about him makes us smile remembering and you did it so well. Whether it is true or not I heard he had Parkinson Disease so probably that was why...on top of his depression. I really loved him too! ^+


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Warren Curtis 2 years ago from Buffalo, New York

tear :(


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suzettenaples 2 years ago from Taos, NM

What a fine and wonderful tribute to our favorite clown! He would love this poem. "Tears of a Clown". Comes to mind. RIP Robin Williams!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Yes he was very talented Bill, but obviously trouble. Unfortunately we don't often see beneath the cheerful, funny exterior. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Nell, I enjoyed so much of his work starting with Mork and Mindy. My children's' first memory was 'Hook', and even they were shocked and saddened. He was one of those actors that appealed to all ages. Thanks also for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Paula. Yes the healing will begin now. I suppose there will be countless tributes and replays of all his movies, so his memory will live on. Peace.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for the kind words savvy dating. Same here in regard to the sadness. Lauren Becall died the next day but I haven't seen as much on media. I guess because she didn't take her own life.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Cris for your kind words. I appreciate your comment.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading Carrie. I like to think he'd be proud.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much Aneegma. He will certainly be missed by all.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks peach purple. Yes I was shocked by the news. I didn't realise he had depression.


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Sunshine625 2 years ago from Orlando, FL

Beautiful tribute to an amazing actor :(


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Audrey, I have seen more tributes to Robin Williams both on Hub Pages and other social and mainstream media than anyone else. His popularity was so wide spread and diverse. Sorry to almost make you cry. Thanks for reading.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Rebecca, glad you enjoyed this ode.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Dana. Maybe Robin's sad passing may help to make people in general more aware of the dangers of depression. You are right we need to love each other more. Thanks for the vote up and share too. Blessings.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Jackie. Thanks for reading. Well if he had Parkinson's Disease that may have been the straw that broke the camel's back. He was a great man.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for those kind words Suzette. I think ahorseback wrote a poem called "Tears of a Clown" as tribute. I can only hope he would approve of this.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Sunshine. Yes it was sad news.


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bluebird 2 years ago

Beautiful, truly beautiful, though it makes me sadder still.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Bluebird. Sorry to make you even sadder.


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Vellur 2 years ago from Dubai

A great tribute beautifully expressed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for ready Vellur, much appreciated.


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Genna East 2 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I first saw Robin in a stand-up comic routine many years ago. I was with friends and we laughed so hard, we could barely breathe. He’s been one of my heroes ever since. Such creative genius of the mind and heart...he was an astute observer of human nature and possessed of a kind and generous spirit. I have always that that he was blessed in some way, but fighting demons that one could sometimes see in the faint shadows behind the eyes.

John, your perfect poetry reflects my thoughts since I heard the heartbreaking news. He gave us so much, and knowing how he suffered without us being able to somehow help keeps me in tears. In any event, our loss is Heaven’s gain.

I think that Robin would have liked your beautiful and sensitive hub, John. I should rephrase that…he DOES like it. Thank you. :-)


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

What a beautiful tribute to an amazing and talented man. It is sad to think he was so troubled within.

I'll have to cross off my 'bucket list' the line reading 'see a live Robin Williams performance.' And not getting to cross that off because it is completed, but because it cannot be, is very sad.

I have a vicarious 'connection' to him, though, as my husband got to meet him at the computer store where he used to work. Mr. Williams came in, as he sometimes did, as he got his computers from them. According to hubby, he spent over an hour in the store, and was as madcap funny and spontaneous there as he was on stage. Picking up various items, improvising with them, making everyone crack up. It is reported that no work got done and no sales were made for that hour or so. What a great experience to have had. So hubby is all the more sad.

Voted up, awesome and beautiful as well as shared.


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DDE 2 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

When I read about Robbin Williams I was not sure after making sure I still found it hard to actually believe that had happened.One of best actors and he surely will be missed. A man with who had unique talent and you did a great hub here.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Genna, thank you for that wonderful comment. How lucky you were to actually see Robin Williams perform live. It's something I would have loved to experience. I appreciate your kind words especially saying he "does" like this hub.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

DzyMsLizzy, how sad that you have to cross "see a live Robin Williams' performance off your bucket list. What an amazing thing that your husband got to experience his comic genius first hand however for free. Thank you for the vote up and share.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Same here DDE, I thought it was just a hoax at first, but soon found out otherwise. How sad, he is being missed already. Thanks for reading and commenting.


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teaches12345 2 years ago

This is a great tribute to a talented man who put a smile on everyone's heart through his acting. Perhaps as a clown he was trying to achieve the happiness he sought or trying to give others what he missed. Regardless, he will be missed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi teaches, I feel your perception about the man is probably spot on. I think he was trying to give others what he lacked himself. Thank you for reading and commenting.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Jodah, I read a news release yesterday that Robin Williams had the beginning of Parkinson's disease and could not discuss it with anyone but his family. His wife reported this in an interview. Do you think he just could not cope with letting his fans see him becoming weaker as time goes by? I am just stunned by this and pray for peace and healing for his soul and his family.

I watched several episodes of Mork and Mindy yesterday.


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DzyMsLizzy 2 years ago from Oakley, CA

@ Phyllis Doyle--How interesting. You know, I did not like Mork and Mindy, for pretty much the same reasons I did not like "The Three Stooges," or "I Love Lucy." Therefore, back then, I thought I did not like Robin Williams...until my daughters dragged me, kicking and screaming, to go see "Good Morning, Vietnam!" From that day forward, I was a huge fan, having realized his true and full scope of talent, both comic and dramatic.


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Phyllis Doyle 2 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

Hi MsLizzy. Robin Williams was very versatile and exceptionally talented. I never saw all his movies, but, I know he could play many different roles. I am glad you got to see that movie, I never did.


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pmccray 2 years ago from Utah

Very well done. Alas another star is added to the heavens. R.I.P.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Phyllis, I think you are probably correct in that finding he had Parkinson's was more than he could handle, especially for someone famous for his quick wit. I have a theory that there is a link between having ADHD as children and getting Parkinson's disease in later life. The same chemical in the brain is involved with both. ADHD results from an excess, and Parkinson's a reduction.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

DzMsLizzy, his early roles were all comedy early on but he diversified and really showed his acting ability in roles like in dead Poet's Society, Good Will Hunting, Good Morning Vietnam etc. He was incredible.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you pmccray, yes there have been too many passing away recently.


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Nadine May 2 years ago from Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Jodah thank you for honoring this great man with a poem. My favorite film of him was in dead Poet's Society, but I've seem many others where he was the main attraction but forgot their names. He was among the great actors, and its truly sad that his brilliants has been more honored due to his passing.


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Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

Hi John, just had to come back and mention that when I arrived home last night, we had a People magazine that had arrived. On the front cover was a photo of Robin. It is true that we are noticing the sadness in his eyes in photos, that I have not noticed before. They had a whole spread of photos of his entire life almost, and in each photo, although he wore a smile most times, there was that sadness in his eyes.

Blessings always


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marcoujor 2 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Dear John,

This feels like a groups of friends at a memorial service making such beautiful remarks after your fitting, honorable and beautiful eulogy to Robin Williams.

Just the other day you were worried if you could write anything worthy of your best and I do believe that with inspiration you certainly can... this is evidence.


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truthfornow 2 years ago from New Orleans, LA

Nicely said. He brought joy and a smile to the lives of so many. I used to come home from school and watch reruns of Mork and Mindy - Nanu nanu. You never can know the pain and suffering that someone else is going through.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Nadine. Yes it is sad that everyone writes words of praise and tributes after someone has passed but rarely show the same love and appreciation while they are alive. He was a great performer.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for revisiting Faith. I am glad you noticed the sadness in his eyes as well. It was something I had seen in quite a few of his movies but wasn't sure of the reason. I didn't know he was so depressed. Blessings to you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks again Maria. It just shows how loved he was, with so many tributes flowing. Just a pity he couldn't see all that love earlier. Thanks Robin for inspiring me. R.I.P.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks so much truthfornow. What I remember from Mork and Mindy, is Robin holding to eggs in his hand...and throwing them in the air saying, "little egg creatures...fly...be free" and they fall on the ground and break.


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travmaj 2 years ago from australia

John, A great tribute to Robin, you said it perfectly. Sadly he could make everyone laugh but himself. I join all your commentators and thank you for presenting this, much appreciated. Maj.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and your kind comment Maj. Much appreciated.


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SheGetsCreative 2 years ago from Seattle, WA

Great tribute to one that I will always consider a comic genius.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you very much for reading this poem SheGetsCreative, and for the kind comment. Yes he certainly was a genius and will be missed.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Healthnews12, I hope he would have approved of this.


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Torrs13 2 years ago from California

Jodah, this was absolutely beautiful! I was so shocked to hear about Robin Williams last week and I feel as though there will be a huge void in Hollywood now. He was such a talented man and he left us too soon. I hope that his passing will inspire people with depression to get the help they need. No one should have to feel empty and alone in this world.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for the kind comment Torrs13. Yes he was one of the most talented actors in not just comedies but dramatic roles as well. Sadly it appears he had just found out he had early Parkinson's disease as well. I do hope a high profile person succumbing to depression will raise awareness. I have just started to do a series of 'tribute' hubs to my favourite celebrities still living, rather than wait until they are gone.


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tillsontitan 2 years ago from New York

Your tribute, like the man, was multi-faceted. We have lost a soul full of sorrow and wit. His light will continue to shine through his movies and through tributes like yours.

As someone else here said, it was like losing a friend, a man we knew so well from Mork to his role in The Crazy Ones. Perhaps we need to take tv titles more literally.

Voted up, useful, awesome, beautiful, and shared.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for your kind and insightful comment tillsontitan. Mmmm maybe we do have to take more notice. Thanks for the vote up too.


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Warren Curtis 2 years ago from Buffalo, New York

I couldn't comment fully the day I read this. I don't usually get upset about celebrities but Robin was Amazing in so many ways. Your tribute to him is just as Awesome. Thanks

I voted up


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Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

So really enjoyed and loved the way you have shaped some of my favorite movies of Robin Williams together.

It is truly so sad and tragic that he will no longer be around to continue his great work. Not just as an actor but as a humanitarian and father.

Shared, tweeted and Up! Cheers for your deserved Gold for this beautiful work here. :-)


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks Warren, I appreciate where you are coming from. Sometimes people you have never met affect you in ways you wouldn't think possible. Robin was one of these. I am glad you thought this was a fitting tribute.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Jo. Yes it is sad and I didn't believe the news at first. It has inspired me to start a series of hubs paying tribute to people and celebrities while they are still with us instead of after they have gone. I started with Jon English an Australian entertainer. Thank you for the Gold award too, and the share, tweet and vote up for this hub.


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mary615 2 years ago from Florida

You made a beautiful tribute to this great man! In the last edition of Time, they have a two page spread of all of Robin's movies, TV roles, theater, etc. I had no idea he was in so many movies. When I saw he starred in a movie, "Seize the Day" in 1986, I rented it. He plays a very serious, emotional part. He was a great actor as well as a great funny man.

Voted UP, and shared .


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading, vote up and share. He was in a lot more movies than many of us realise some in bit parts and as voices for animated characters such as a bat in Fern Gully. I had never heard of Seize the Day, but I will have to check it out. Just watched Good Will Hunting the other night and he was excellent in that. Mork and Mindy is back on tv here now as well.


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Cyndi10 2 years ago from Georgia

What a beautifully written tribute to Robin Williams. He was truly gifted. I've loved his work since he appeared in Mork and Mindy. His range was phenomenal and I was continually surprised at the different roles he was able to play. Now we can all see that he was also a very tormented man. So sad that he suffered and saw no way to go on. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading this poem Cyndi10. Your comments echo the feelings of thousands of his fans around the world. He was an extremely versatile actor. I appreciate the vote up too.


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Paradise7 2 years ago from Upstate New York

Thank you for the poem, Jodah. Outstanding tribute to one of the stellar comic talents of all time. We all will miss that funny, off-the-wall, winsome sense of humour and rapid-fire improvisation and the brilliant mind behind the truly comic persona. My sister recently told me about the last movie Robin Williams made: it's called, "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn" and in many ways, it's a fitting epitaph for a great performing artist.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that kind comment Paradise7, I will need to check out that movie "The Angriest Man in Brooklyn". You can often get some insight into what was going on in an actor's mind from their last movie eg. Heath Ledger in 'the Dark Knight'.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

Aug. 26, 12:58 a.m., cdst

Hey, Jodah!

Surprise. I told you that I was like the wind--here for awhile and then I vanish.

Loved this hub. Loved it! Robin Williams, like Steve Martin, were the original Kings of Comedy.

Now for your hub . . .This is an excellent piece of writing. Honestly, I can easily describe it as amazing.

I loved every word. Graphics were superb. This hub was helpful, informative and I found it very interesting.

Voted up and all the choices because you deserve it.

You have such a gift for writing. Keep writing no matter what.

Sincerely,

Your mysterious friend, Kenneth


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Wow Kenneth when you leave a comment you sure do a good job of it. I really do appreciate you reading this hub and for such generous words. I agree Robin Williams and Steve Martin certainly were the Kings of Comedy. So glad you enjoyed this, your opinion means a lot. Thanks for the vote up to. Have a great day my mysterious friend.


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DealForALiving 2 years ago from Earth

Really well done


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading this DealForLiving. I appreciate your kind comment.


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kenneth avery 2 years ago from Hamilton, Alabama

@ my good friend, follower, Jodah . . .

Wooooo, (this was my phantom impression).

You are very welcome. I meant every word. You are a terrific person and writer.

I appreciate the two of you very much.


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Shyron E Shenko 2 years ago

John, how beautiful, perfect tribute, to a man admired by anyone who saw him. He will be missed.

Thank you John for reminding us of this.

Voted up, UABI and shared


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Shyron, glad you enjoyed this tribute and I appreciate the vote up and share.


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tony55 2 years ago from Nigeria

I love that funny, enigmatic, childish and complex character, I will miss the joy and laughter he brought to the world.

Nice tribute


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you Tony, yes, Robin was a comic genius and will be missed by millions. Thank you for reading and for your kind comment.


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mothersofnations 2 years ago

This is an absolutely beautiful poem & tribute. He was loved by so many. Yes, I believe people will be touched by his life & the loss for many years to come.

Wonderful writer!

God bless you.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

His legacy will never die ,...the ultimate Peter Pan. Thank you motherofnations. God bless.


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Author Cheryl 2 years ago

Such a funny man with such a heavy heart. No one can imagine the pain he felt inside. Voted up.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Author Cheryl, it is sad that enough people couldn't see that before it was too late. The funniest people in public are often the saddest in real life. Thanks for the vote up.


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bensen32 2 years ago from Round Lake Park

Nice tribute to a great man. My favorite movie was Good Will Hunting. He made me laugh, he made me mad and I'm not ashamed to say, he made me cry all in one movie.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for that touching comment bensen32. I can't really add to what has already been said about this remarkable man. He is already missed, but his movies live on.


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mckbirdbks 2 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

Hello Jodah, I don't get down this way often. Jo Goldsmith sent me over, and I am glad I took the trip. Well done.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Hi Mike, good to see you and glad you enjoyed the trip. The coffee's always on the boil, and you are welcome any time ;)


HSchneider 2 years ago from Parsippany, New Jersey

Wonderful Hub and tribute to Robin Williams, Jodah. He was my favorite comedian and his wit always amazed me.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for taking the time to read this poem/tribute HSchneider. Yes he was simply amazing.


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ZenandChic 2 years ago

Love this poem! I am so sad about Robin Williams death!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you ZenandChic. We can't bring him back but can keep him alive by watching his movies and tv shows.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Hello Jodah this was very amazing and a lovely ode someday i was by my mum and mrs doubtfire was showing. I heard Robin Williams died but never put a name to the face, i have seen him around in a lot of movies....I had no clue he acted in popeye or as popeye .

As i always tell people money cannot buy happiness it cannot buy love. I am sure Robin had millions to burn but poor soul was aching inside and money could not sooth his depression. It is so sad to know how he died but only God and Robin knew what he was goung through. A smile isn't always a smile who would think such a jolly fellow would leave this world in such a way. I do hope God had mercy on his soul and that he is i a better place than here , where he tried to escape from....BTW i love your poetic style ;)

I must share such an epic piece


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thank you for reading and for such a kind comment Lady Fiddler. Robin wasn't as wealthy as he should have been. He had lost a lot of his fortune in settlement of two failed marriages as well as he donated a lot to charities. He had only recently returned to television roles due to a shortage of money, then found out he had Parkinson's disease. I guess it was all too much for his already troubled soul. I appreciate your sharing this too.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Oh i see Jodah, well this life is full or troubles you just got to know which path to direct them and how to cope and manage them or else it sure gonna over run you. As humans no matter how much we try to stay above the water sometimes we still sink. God is the only thing that will keep us afloat. I am sorry still he had to go that way , because no matter what Robin was going through there are people out there with a lot more troubles than him, but i guess is all learning to handle stress etc.

You are welcome


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

That is true LadyFiddler, no matter how bad our troubles seem there are always people worse off. It is just how we choose to handle our situation, if we have supportive people around us and if we have a belief and faith that we can hand them to God to deal with.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Uh huh that is right we cannot fix ourselves and suicide is a coward way out. Only God can give and take life so when you take yours you may end up in a worst place than here. But i do not know what was this man's last words with the Lord. I guess some of these cases are excused!


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SAQIB6608 2 years ago from HYDERABAD PAKISTAN

Since I have seen most of Robin William's movies, i loved the Ode. He was indeed an exalted actor. Loved him in Awakenings.


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia Author

Thanks for reading SAQIB, yes he was great. Awakenings was wonderful.


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vocalcoach 22 months ago from Nashville Tn.

A lesson is to be learned from Robin Williams suicide. We never know what is really going on inside another person. What we say, how we treat others must can determine that persons future thoughts and actions.

Thanks - beautifully done. Audrey


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Jodah 22 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

We need to try to be more aware and recognise signs of depression Audrey. You can't always judge a book by its cover. Yes we need to show more kindness too. Thanks.


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Missy Smith 16 months ago from Florida

I loved this man!! He was everything we all aspire to be, and it still didn't make him happy. Why didn't he know he was loved by so many... However, the dreaded depression demon tells us things, and sometimes we just can't become joyful no matter what.

Dead Poets is my absolute favorite, and I went to the movies by myself to watch What Dreams May Come. That movie was so powerful to me. I remember feeling connected to it in a very profound way. I mean, don't we all wonder how it's going to be on the other side?

I didn't know him personally, but I miss him like I knew him a lifetime.


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Jodah 16 months ago from Queensland Australia Author

Missy, I understand your feeling. He had a way of relating to people through his movies and they were so diverse that at least one would have touched you in some way. His smiling face but sad eyes told the true story. I miss him too.

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