Δευτέρα, 11 Αυγούστου 2014

Blog no. 11: O Captain! My Captain!

  Why did you have to leave so early, my captain? Was it because of that one time I said that Flubber sucked? Maybe because we all laughed at your crossdressing adventure in Mrs. Doubtfire? I don't know, captain, I really don't. What I do know is that you have made millions of people sad to their very core, after making them happy for the span of decades.
  I don't remember watching any other film as many times as I have watched Jumanji. Growing up, that was a movie that had everything for me: adventure, drama, comedy, Bollie Hunt, and you. Did I mention you were brilliant in it? Then again, you were brilliant in any movie you were in. You could have played any role and nail it every single time, you talented motherfucker you. You were the reason I wanted to be a funny man, captain, because I saw how capable you were in making people smile and like your own Patch Adams, you were the best doctor to treat an open wound with the most potent drug there is: laughter.
  Here I am hoping that the world isn't responsible for the saddness of the funniest man I've ever known or that whatever drove you past that line is something people can fend off. I wish I knew what you  and many others are going through, but depression is a prison and the only person who holds the key is the victim itself. Me, even if I had fallen into that trap I would not give up out of mere stubborness. After all, if you can't take life seriously then take it for the joke it is, with a smile and a hint of a chuckle to go with it.
  This might not be the best of worlds but it's the only one we have, and I know you did the best you could to make it a happier place. You succeeded, cap! Your ability to make other people laugh was something to be admired, even if it wasn't enough to keep you going in the end. Your comedy nourished multiple generations of children and grown-ups all together and it will continue to do so, as far as people can help it, which they surely will. I for one promise to show your brilliance to the next generation. I promise that I will try to make people laugh as much as you did. And if anyone mistakes you for Robbie Williams, I will gladly hit them in the face with a Jumanji board. On behalf of the whole known universe and several unkown others, thanks for all the laughs and memories. You will be greatly missed.

"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."

- Walt Whitman

"It often seems I've skipped a rung,
Some days, for what it's worth.


I've missed a step - I've slipped and swung
To some peculiar Earth

On days like these, those moments tossed
Emerge with careless haste - 
To leave me hopeless, hurt and lost,
With bitter truths to taste.

I'm sure it seems absurd to hear
I'd grieve to let him go - 
I'd close my eyes and shed a tear
For guys I didn't know - 

But all the same - I will a while
That man I never met -
The man that made me laugh and smile - 
I never shall forget."
- From Reddit: Poem for your sprog