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"Oh, Captain, My Captain!" "What Will Your Verse Be?" - a Poem in Honor and Memory of Robin Williams

Updated on April 2, 2016
Robin Williams--almost always smiling!
Robin Williams--almost always smiling! | Source

Oh Captain! My Captain! What Will Your Verse Be?


Oh Captain! My Captain! What will your verse be?


Will you hide your pain or make a choice

To drop the fear and find your voice?

And share the real that's in you--

Laughter and even darkness..


Will you awake out of your stupor?

Awakenings in us never thought

Brought to life by one who fought

Even if only for a glimpse of time

and back to comatose.



Will you make a difference?

The doctor with the Bozo nose

Infectious laughter. None else came close.

Patch Adams with the healing heart,

making life bearable.


Will you dream? And achieve?

What dreams may come when we allow

perhaps not knowing why or how

Believing the magic is out there

finding our own dear Ann..


Unmatchable, unbeatable, except by his own hand

We loved him, the comic, the dreamer, the man

Who spent all his verse

With much more to say..


What will your verse be?


Dead Poets' Society & its Great Quotes: "Oh, Captain, my Captain!" "What Will Your Verse Be?"

Oh, Captain, my Captain, stand on a chair!

Let the whole world know that you’re there.

No hiding your soul allowed.

Take the dare!


Live

Awaken

Heal

Believe

Stand


Oh, Captain, My Captain! An Inspiring Clip!

Date of Robin Williams' Death

August 11, 2014

In Memory of Robin Williams . .

I miss you, Robin Williams. You inspired me with your hysterical comedy and your deep, deep serious soul. I just really miss you.

© 2014 Victoria Lynn

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      Victoria Lynn 13 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, cc! Glad you liked the poem. I loved Robin Williams so much. I'm not sure he knew how much he meant to the world. He gave us so much. I love Dead Poets Society, too. Yes, I need to do an anthology. When? Maybe after I finish downsizing and move to the little house? I need to! Thanks for reading, girl! I miss the days that we spent so much more time on here!

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      Cynthia Sageleaf 14 months ago from Western NC

      Dead Poets Society ranks up there as one of my all time favorites. I could just so identify with the characters - especially Robin Williams.

      And I miss that guy! He had no idea how funny he was or what a natural comedian!

      Love your poem, too! When are you going to publish an anthology? ;)

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      Victoria Lynn 22 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      annasmom--I agree. Depression is a difficult disease to deal with.

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      annasmom 22 months ago

      He will be missed. Never play down depression, if you feel that way or see the signs in a loved on, reach out for help.

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      Victoria Lynn 23 months ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, Jodah, I agree. Robin Williams is still greatly missed. I hate to think that he's gone.

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      John Hansen 23 months ago from Queensland Australia

      I love this Victoria. your poem is great and I like how you took the name from Dead Poet's Society, "Oh Captain, My Captain". Robin Williams was an incredible actor, not just in his comedy roles but his dramatic roles in particular. You have already read and commented on my hub "A Clown's Disguise" so it's only fair that I read this in return. He is still greatly missed.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Minnetonka Twin. I know what you mean. Every time I see him on something, such a sad feeling comes over me.

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      Linda Rogers 2 years ago from Minnesota

      Hi Victoria-this is a really beautiful and creative tribute poem to Robin. I still can't wrap my head around the fact that he's gone. I miss him too :(

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      annart--Thanks for sharing that about the brain thing. I haven't heard that. I'll have to look it up. Interesting. Thanks so much!

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      Ann Carr 2 years ago from SW England

      Just to add to this, I have just seen a documentary by the pathologist in the case of his death. He seems to think that Robin Williams might have had a brain condition (which he didn't know about) that messes up your reasoning etc., a much more dangerous condition than Parkinson's. It seems the study of the brain showed that possibility, one that would suggest his suicide was not necessarily a logically thought-out action.

      You might have seen the same programme.

      So sad for his family. Poor man. At least he will be remembered for all the right reasons; his humour, gentleness and huge talent.

      Ann

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sharilee. I'm glad you appreciated the poem. I really miss him, especially when pictures remind me of him. Sad that he's gone.

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      Sharilee Swaity 2 years ago from Canada

      Vicki, wow, this is beautiful. You expressed the feelings that so many of us have about this incredible man. He touched us by opening his heart and soul, through his performance. You have honoured him well. Love this poem, and it makes me ache to miss him.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Lynn Savitsky. I still miss him all the time.

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      Lynn Savitzky 2 years ago from New Jersey

      Absolutely beautiful. Very moving tribute.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Hi Thelma. It still is so sad. I watched a movie of his last weekend that he made last year: The Angriest Man in (I forget the name of the town). It was an okay movie, but what was sad was that it was about a dying man. He even told them what to put on his tombstone, and the years 1951-2014, which are the years he actually lived. Sad.

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      Thelma Alberts 2 years ago from Germany

      What a beautiful tribute to a great and awesome actor! I am one of his fans, too. I miss him as he always made me laugh in his movies. What a sad story of him taking his own life. I never thought he would end like that. Thanks Victoria for sharing this wonderful poem. Well done!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanaks, pstraubie. I love the movie, too--and Patch Adams, too. (Where are your angels??) :-)

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      What a fitting tribute to this man who brought so many characters to life that will stick with me for eons no doubt. Dead Poets Society was one of my most favorite and I watched it over and over and over...Patch Adams...who would not love that...

      Thanks for sharing this with us..

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm glad you came here, Jo! Bless Faith Reaper. Nice to meet you, too. I'm glad you enjoyed the poem. It is really odd for sure how he died when we compare it to "Where Dreams May Come." I'll have to look up that movie with Billy Crystal.

      Thanks so much for stopping by!

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      Jo_Goldsmith11 2 years ago

      I was sent here by Faith Reaper! So, it is nice to meet you. :-)

      I really enjoyed the flow of how you have written this poem.

      You mentioned so many of his movies, Patch Adams, "Where ever dreams may come.", which is ironic because of how and the way he did leave us. I loved Mrs. Doubtfire! Another one of his I really enjoyed so much was his movie with Billy Crystal which I am drawing a "blank" right now.

      I do agree what a sad loss it is for someone who made so many feel good and to not have the chance to feel that good inside for himself.

      Shared and Up ++++ Really enjoyed your beautiful expression!

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Extremely sad, Faith Reaper. Always good to see you. :-)

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      Faith Reaper 2 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful, yet poignant, Victoria. I missed this one, but I am glad to read it now. Such a sad loss indeed.

      Blessings

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, marieryan. I feel that way, too.

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      Marie Ryan 2 years ago from Andalusia, Spain

      A great tribute. Robin Williams' suicide has brought a new dimension to the issue of depression. I believe professionals now must take those who claim depression much more seriously than was the case in the past. I really feel he didn't die in vain.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, MarleneB. He was wonderful, and I will always miss him. It's so sad that he's no longer gracing the world with his presence and laughter.

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      Marlene Bertrand 2 years ago from Northern California, USA

      What a wonderful man Robin Williams was. Your tribute to him is beautiful.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Perspycacious. I can see why people give up. It really does take a lot of courage to keep going sometimes. I wonder if it is ever learned--that ability to courageously face what we must face?

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      Demas W Jasper 2 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Nicely done with reflections. Sometimes life takes more courage than the individual has. How can it even be learned, if the effort to do so stops?

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, vespawoolf. I'm glad you enjoyed my tribute. I still miss Robin Williams' presence in the world and think I always will.

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      vespawoolf 2 years ago from Peru, South America

      This is a great tribute to Robin Williams. I was shocked and sad when I heard of his death. Thank you for remembering him in such a beautiful way.

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Eddy! I'm glad you do!

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      Eiddwen 2 years ago from Wales

      So beautiful Victoria .

      I love this one.

      Eddy.

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Victoria I have found that you can rent this Robin Movie from Amazon Prime for $2.99. Not a bad deal at all. It's worth it and take care!

      Jim

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I will, JL! Good luck!

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Hi Victoria, I just checked for that movie on Netflix. Unfortunately it says, it is unavailable to stream. I will try one more place, I have an amazon Prime account. Let's see if I can find that movie there. Stay tuned! (;

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      1998, Jim. It might be on Netflix. Check it out. :-)

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Victoria:

      Yes you are quite right, Robin Williams also had a serious side besides the humorous one. I will look into that other movie you mentioned here. I had never heard of it. Could be that it's older and could also be on Netflix possibly. Glad I stopped in to read this article as well.

      Jim

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      Victoria Lynn 2 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Jim, I miss Robin Williams a lot. Always will. I loved his humor, but also his serious side. There's another great one called What Dreams May Come. (I think that's the title.) It's beautiful, both in the story and the visual effects.

      Thanks for reading!

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      James Bowden 2 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Victoria:

      How can you forget a funny man like Robin Williams - right? He is one person and talented actor that I will sorely miss, as well as a lot of others out there.

      What an awesome poem to help keep a Robin Williams in all of our memories. Who would ever imagine a man like that who made everyone laugh.

      Through movies like Mrs. Doubt fire, and Popeye. And touched all of our hearts with movies like Patch Adams and The Dead Poets Society. Thanks for sharing your beautiful poem with all of us! (;

      JL

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      I'm so glad you liked it, CatherineGiordano! You're welcome--and thank you!

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      Catherine Giordano 3 years ago from Orlando Florida

      Thank you for this hub.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Audrey. I know. Huge loss. :-(

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      Audrey Howitt 3 years ago from California

      So very touching Vicky--it is a great loss really!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Sed-me! I appreciate that.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw . . . . Thanks, Perspycacious!!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Carter! I love that film clip, too. Thanks for weighing in. He will surely be missed.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      AtlasSue--So will I! Thanks for stopping by. :-)

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      Sed-me 3 years ago from An undisclosed location.

      I love this. What a great tribute.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, DealForALiving! That's a really nice thing to say!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Well said, chef-de-jour, well said.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Victoria Lynn - Yes, as long as you read that in my opinion yours is at the top of the others.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Perspycacious--"One More" poem in honor and memory? Is that what you mean? Thanks for coming by and commenting. Much appreciated!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      tillsontitan--Thanks for your wonderful comments and votes. I don't think I'll ever get over missing Robin Williams.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Susan! I'm glad you like it, and I appreciate your sharing it.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      midget38 You're right. Sorely is the word. I'm still so sad.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, DDE! Much appreciated!

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      Mary 3 years ago from Cronulla NSW

      Good job Vic to express words at a time like this..he will for sure be greatly missed..fantastic video clip..Cheers

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      AtlasSue 3 years ago

      Very nice hub! Will sorely miss Robin Williams. Oh Captain, my Captain!

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      Sam Deal 3 years ago from Earth

      I really enjoyed reading through this, and it's a fitting tribute. We have so many talented poets on Hubpages, and you're most definitely talented.

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      Andrew Spacey 3 years ago from Near Huddersfield, West Yorkshire,UK

      Thank you for the poem. Words are the body that carries the soul.

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      Demas W Jasper 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond

      Thoroughly written about with this "one more" written at the top.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      Beautifully done Victoria. He is a man well loved and will be sorely missed. Your tribute captures much.

      Voted up, useful, awesome, and interesting.

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Oh Vicki, I love this tribute poem! Pinning on my poetry board and sharing.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      A beautiful tribute to a man who so deserves it. He will be sorely missed. Sorely.

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      Devika Primić 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Beautiful and so well thought of.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks so much, Abby!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      For sure, favored. For sure.

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      Abby Campbell 3 years ago from Charlotte, North Carolina

      Beautiful, Victoria! :-)

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Such a sad thing. We'll miss him dearly.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      epbooks. I know what you mean. So sad. Thanks for commenting.

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      Elizabeth Parker 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      How beautiful. It saddens me tremendously that a man with so many accomplishments who could make the world laugh felt so low and couldn't bring himself out of it. RIP Robin Williams :(

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Aw, thanks, Jamie. I appreciate that.

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      Jamie Lee Hamann 3 years ago from Reno NV

      An incredible tribute Victoria Lynn. Thank you for sharing. Jamie

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      FlourishAnyway--I agree. His send off wasn't fitting. "Troubled and lovely soul" is so appropriate. Such a sad loss.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      rtburroughs2--I feel deeply saddened as well. I hate it that he is gone. I've been in quite a funk about it. Yes--stand proud on your chair!!! Thanks for the nice comments.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      teaches--I know what you mean. So sad, so tragic.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      btrbell--I'm so glad you think so! Thanks!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, ahorseback/Ed! I finally made it come together. Thanks for encouraging me! And yes, you're right. I believe we will keep him alive in our hearts.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Glenn--You're right on with every point you made. It's all so true. Thanks for the comments.

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      FlourishAnyway 3 years ago from USA

      This was a beautiful tribute to a troubled and lovely soul, I have been so saddened by his passing. I understand his not wanting to share that he had this incurable illness, but I sure wish his story had ended differently. He deserved a better send off than dying like he did. Thank you for your inspiring words.

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      Robert Burroughs 3 years ago

      His death hurt me like losing a brother. I followed him since he first appeared on Happy Days in the 70's. When someone has been part of your life for nearly 40 years you have faith that they will be there. Thank you for such a beautiful tribute. May we all stand on our chairs and shout; Oh captain, my captain.

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      Dianna Mendez 3 years ago

      This is a lovely tribute to this talented actor. Sad that he took his life. Seems he hid his true self well behind his humor. If only he had let us in to help.

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      Randi Benlulu 3 years ago from Mesa, AZ

      Beautiful tribute! The clip was a great choice and truly inspiring! Thank you.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Rebecca! I really appreciate that!

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Yes, MizB, it's hard to believe he won't be around anymore. One of a kind, for sure.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Ann, I've been reading some of the different hubs, too. All different and special. Thank you.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Victoria , Now you see , you did this wonderfully ! Perfect , and my favorite Robin movie to boot ! He lives Victoria , as long as we keep him alive . You know that right ?........Ed +++++++

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      Glenn Stok 3 years ago from Long Island, NY

      Very well done and a great tribute to Robin Williams. He gave a lot to everyone, with laughter and deep meaning about life. It's sad that he hid his depression and didn't let anyone help him when it mattered the most. He will be very much missed.

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      Rebecca Mealey 3 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      A great tribute to Robin. Beautifully written. He certainly was an inspiration and your prose proves it.

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      MizBejabbers 3 years ago

      Beautiful tribute, Vicki. Robin Williams stole our hearts. He will be missed an remembered as one of a kind.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Bill. You're right in that so many are suffering. I trust that Williams' death is bringing more awareness and encouraging people to share their pain. I certainly hope so.

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      Ann Carr 3 years ago from SW England

      Lovely poem, Victoria. Ironic that his death has inspired so many poems and articles here. Each one is so different and yours is beautiful.

      Ann

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Thanks, Effer! Great to see you! Yes, the void be left can never be filled. We just have to remember the good, learn from the bad, and move on, I guess. Peace to you, too!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      A lovely tribute, Vicki....very sad, but then all the thousands of suicides in America are sad. There are a great many people out there suffering.

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      Paula 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Vee......How touching this is. You've expressed the massive sadness so well. This will be a tragedy long-remembered and a void never filled again in a lifetime.....Let the healing begin.....Peace, Vee.......Up++++

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Me, too, janetwrites. Me, too. It's so sad.

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      Janet Giessl 3 years ago from Georgia country

      A wonderful tribute to Robin Williams. I was really shocked when I heard the news about his death. I'm still very sad because he was one of my favorite actors.