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Tears from a clown ......poem For Robin Williams

Updated on August 12, 2014

In the silence after the evening show
he walks the lonely walk
Alone and tired beyond tired
he doesn't even want to talk

The clown face at the end of the show
peels away layers until his reflection is true
That's when the man see's the man
himself and doesn't like the view

You made even the hardest of us laugh
and beg for even more
Yet if only we'd have seen beyond the
laughs behind that celebrated door

If you'd have allowed us in could we have
saved you Robin
and yet I think perhaps not
It was us that went on laughing at you
now look at what
we've got

What loneliness over comes a man
to take a belt behind a door
and take away the most beautiful smile
a smile we will see no more

We will always remember you Robin...........


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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Mekenzie , I just watched a special on the net about some of Robins problems , he was a hero to fight so hard even though eventually losing the battle . The medications for depression , possibly bi-polar , early onset Alzheimer's or dementia ? I't a wonder he lived this long , thank you for sharing !

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      Susan Ream 3 years ago from Michigan

      Beautiful and provocative thoughts about an expert entertainer. One never knows what hides behind a radiant face. Cannot help but wonder what the last straw of pain was - one so heavy he could not face another day.

      Loved the character and from what I have read of Robin Williams - he had a heart of gold.

      Thank you for writing this poetry and giving us pause to think about him and all the joy he gave so many.


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      peachy 3 years ago from Home Sweet Home

      i will always remember him, with a smile on my face not tears.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Thank you all so much , I think Robin was able to hide his shortcomings so well . May he live forever !

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      Susan Zutautas 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada


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      Liz Elias 3 years ago from Oakley, CA

      A very beautiful tribute to a wonderful human being. Thank you.

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      Sharilee Swaity 3 years ago from Canada

      This is perfect. Thank you. And I will be sharing.

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      Billie Kelpin 3 years ago from Newport Beach

      I wish I could add a picture here of my daughter, commedienne/actor, Bethany Therese and Robin Williams. It happened that Robin Williams was performing at the Throckmortan Theater in Mill Valley, CA about 2 years ago, and my daughter was on the same program as well. In the green room beforehand, Robin Williams, as gracious and down-to-earth as he has always been reported to be, asked Beth about herself. When she mentioned she lived in West Hollywood, he asked how she was doing there and if it was still as brutal as always for a comic like her. She told him "yes" and then they took a picture together making "Hollywood Faces" (at least THEY understood what that meant). Bethany had to FOLLOW Robin Williams that night since he had to catch a plane. She said he was ABSOLUTELY amazing and brought the house down. She felt she held her own following one of THE greatest, fastest minds we've ever seen on stage; however, being the mother of a performer, worrying about the depth from which their comedy arises and how that affects them when, as you say, they don't reveal enough "beyond the laughs behind the celebrated door" is the high price that comes along with pride in their performance.

      (Lovely tribute poem, "a"). If you scroll down at, you can see the picture with Robin Williams. (Being a writer, try to ignore the caption (tee hee :)

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      Voted up and awesome. A most wonderful tribute to a talented actor gone much too soon and greatly missed. Passing this on.

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      K.A.E Grove 3 years ago from Australia

      A beautiful reflection on a man that lived to entertain and fill the world with smiles... It is a sad day to know that this soul could endure no more

      So very well done

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Vincent my old friend ! He was truly an artist , I too saw the down side inverted in his smiles , perhaps its those like him that can see beyond the face , the laugh , the smile . ? I too was inspired by his natural ability to make others laugh and just heard that he had early onset Parkinson's disease. God will hold him close - if he can stop laughing at him !....Great to see you Vincent . Really !......Ed

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      Vincent Moore 3 years ago

      A tribute to a man who will be missed but never forgotten. I have admired his work over the years and he was unique, no other like him. Yet I saw the sadness between the laughs, I felt his pain, I know of it. The genius in many artists is truly reflected from their souls, yet they often pay a heavy price, RIP Robin, you made this poet a happier man when I watched you entertain. You saved me from my own sadness quite often, a belly laugh much needed, for without it, I too would have been lost in myself. I hope to see you again, when I too reach the other side of lonely. Ed, thank you for this wonderful tribute, you too sir are very unique. Peace and blessings I send to you this day.

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      JamesPoppell 3 years ago

      What a great tribute. Thanks for sharing.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      I guess we all need to hunker down and listen to others more with everything we've got , use All our senses instead of only our sense of judgment, We can also ,never stop someone who wants to hurt themselves , never ! It's so sad to think of losing such an iconic soul to suicide . Thank you all ! Hubbers ARE such amazing people , I really love them [you ] all !.......Ed

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      Judy Specht 3 years ago from California

      Thanks for paying tribute to a brilliant man.

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      Frank Atanacio 3 years ago from Shelton

      love it.. the tribute to my favorite comic of all time

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      Laura Smith 3 years ago from Pittsburgh, PA

      You nailed it.

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      Mary Hyatt 3 years ago from Florida

      Beautiful poem for a beautiful human being! I certainly was saddened by the new that Robin was dead. I still remember Mork and Mindy; how I loved that show.

      We lost another icon today: Laureen Bacall died.

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      bluebird 3 years ago

      Truly appreciate this poem and tribute. We will miss him. He was a great actor as well as comedian. It's too bad.

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      Michelle Liew 3 years ago from Singapore

      He was a great man....a talented, talented comic. A tragic loss.

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      ahorseback--I will try. I've written two lines so far. :-)

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      Phyllis Doyle Burns 3 years ago from High desert of Nevada.

      Hi Ed -- such a lovely poem for one who gave us so much joy and emotion packed feelings. Robin Williams could make us laugh, cry, love more and look within ourselves. He gave so much to others, yet could not heal himself. I do believe someone could have saved him if he had opened to his demons -- yet, we do not know the real cause or what he truly needed. I feel such a sadness over this. So many people are judging him in the media and social networks. No one has the right to judge Robin for what he did or what he suffered from.

      Your poem is so touching and should be read by all.

      Thank you, Robin Williams, for your gift of making others laugh and love. R.I.P. dear soul.

      Thank you, Ed, for this beautiful poem.

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      ahorseback 3 years ago

      Victoria , just write anything you feel my friend ! Anything !....:-}

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      Victoria Lynn 3 years ago from Arkansas, USA

      Your words are perfect. I've been trying to write a poem in honor of him but haven't found the words.

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      Bronwen Scott-Branagan 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Thank you for remembering a man who brought laughter but died so sadly.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

      I didn't know he suffered with depression. Beautiful tribute Ed. R.I.P. Robin. I will miss the laughter..

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      Scarface1300 3 years ago

      Lovely words. A tragic waste. RIP Robin Williams

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      John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

      You made me happy, and now I am sad for you. R.I.P. dear Robin.

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      Nikki Wicked 3 years ago from Louisiana

      great poem for a great man. he will be missed :(

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      Ghaelach 3 years ago

      Morning my friend.

      I'm not a lover of poetry, but when I saw your title I just had to read.

      Wonderful words for a wonderful man.

      Thank you.


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      Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

      Beautiful tribute to one who brought laughter to many, but could not find that joy inside himself. My heart broke when I heard this news and wondered if someone had just only known what he was thinking, if there was anything anyone could have said or done to prevent such from happening. We will never know or have that chance. I feel so much pain for his family.


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      shanmarie 3 years ago

      This is so sad. Like so many, my first thought was that this has to be one of those sick hoaxes that circulate the internet about a celebrity death. In particular, his is sad because he brought laughter to so many and was so loved, yet he felt so alone. I think it is so easy to focus more on what caring about someone struggling with something like depression does to us, so easy to forget that even just the simple ac of caring, difficult as it is, can make a world of difference.

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      Eric Dierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you