Leaves on this Family Tree

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Chrisopher Reeves, Robin Williams and Me

My cousin shared the poem,
at the bottom of the page,
on Facebook today. 
It was written by her minister 
for Robin Williams.

Those who have left us.

I'm adding it to my blog as info for my own funeral.
When all the words have been said
and 
it's time to dismiss everyone to go to the cemetery
I want the last line read
then close the book and get everyone out of there.


A suicidal comedian is as absurd as life itself.
Even the longest healthiest life is brief.
You cast your demons 
out on stage and screen
Laughing in the face of life.
Which is so much scarier than death.

We try to be whole yet are often broken.
Punctured with holes that cannot be filled.
And even our patches begin to fray.
Those who are are afraid to die risk never living.
Yet those who walk on the edge of death 
Replace the subtle beauty of life 
with the rush of adrenaline.
The rewards of fame gild the living lily
Suffocate it and hide it from the sun.

An imperfect life is a whole life.
Your friend "Superman" fell.
He inspired us by not dying for as long as he could.
Thank you for living as long as you were able.
-Rev. Charlie Davis

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