Poetry - An Ode to a Legend, A Life Well Lived

Another legend has gone away
Too soon, too fast for us to notice
His pain before that moment
When he chose his life to end
Leaving us to mourn with endless
Sorrow his radiance, 
His brilliance,

And now he is gone, but not
Forgotten, for his gifts to us
Remain and his talent will
Forever more be remembered,

For that is all we could ever wish,
The creative among us, 
That our words, our thoughts, 
Our minds consumed with
Music or verse or endless chatter,
We compose and recite and write or
Act, with the hope of leaving 
A lasting impression, 

But to die before our natural time
Causes those left behind to wonder
With sadness and confusion
What might have been done 
To help a man so loved, 
So esteemed, 
So extraordinary, 
From leaving us far too soon,

And so I sit here with my shadows
and thoughts remembering a man
Who once brought me laughter 
And sunshine and smiles and made 
This often too-dark world a happier place
And I think, Yes, that is his lasting 
Impression, his legacy,  

For though he left us too soon, 
His truly was a life well lived, and 
So to you, Mr. Williams, I say, thank you,
For teaching us expressions like, "Carpe Diem,"
"O Captain, My Captain."


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