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Funny Man

The laughter has abated Alas the presses cried Tragedy has won again A funny man has died They said his sadness took him They called it suicide It seems the best life offers Leaves us dissatisfied Each day seems more difficult In all this to abide Where all the sadness welling In our hearts is multiplied So often we have seen it Where humor has belied The smile on the face Masks the misery inside Thank you for your laughter My sorrow for your pain The world has lost a funny man Who brightened the mundane Alas your great sadness Wipes the smile from my face Even though your joy made The world a better place The battle with addiction The enemy within So hard to best the killer That lives beneath your skin Life within the spotlight Hero or heroin The high price of celebrity The winners seldom win Thank you for your laughter My sorrow for your pain The world has lost a funny man Who brightened the mundane Alas your great sadness Wipes the smile from my face Even though your joy made The world a better place

For Robin Williams with great sorrow

© 2014

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