O Captain! My Captain!

BY WALT WHITMAN

O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won,
The port is near, the bells I hear, the people all exulting,
While follow eyes the steady keel, the vessel grim and daring;
                         But O heart! heart! heart!
                            O the bleeding drops of red,
                               Where on the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.
O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.
My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.
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Normally with a celebrity death. You think, “oh how sad”, “hopes and prayers are with the family”. But there’s always a detachment because you don’t know them personally.
What was odd with Robin Williams, it almost felt like losing an uncle….
I grew up watching him, as small child I remember me and my father sitting down watching the Comic Relief specials on HBO. Watching Mork and Mindy every week, I love his movies. Good Morning Vietnam, The Survivors, The Best of Times. Even more of his dramatic roles like The Dead Poets Society, The Awakening with Robert De Niro is one of my favorite movies.
Its odd the last time I felt like this was when I found out John Candy had died. It’s definitely feeling like an uncle just passed away because we grew up with him. If I saw him on TV flipping through channels I would stop and watch. Cuz its Robin, you never know what he was going to do. He was so random and sporadic, just watching him was just a joy.. He can make you laugh, he can make you cry, he make you do both which is really confusing to your system. The man was so full of talent and its so sad to see him go out like this.
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Tonight we will be doing a podcast in remembrance for Robin Williams on the Geek Fallout Podcast. I had to stop and think… What can you say?
Its so weird reading some of the articles about Robin’s death.  Billy Crystal and Whoopi Goldberg tweeted they have no words. I think everyone is just in shock. Think the world lost one of its brighter candles and I don’t think anyone can replace him. I don’t think anyone wants to replace him.
My prayers go out to his family and friends. Robin Williams as always been part of my family, just sitting down watching his movies, comedy specials, making family memories by laughing together watching this man make weird noises and faces and telling it how it is. You will be missed Mr. Williams and hopefully you are in a better place and at peace with your demons.
I guess in a way he isn’t really gone. Because we have all his movies, stand up shows. Hours and hours of laughter that he left behind for us. And for that I think we should be very grateful.
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