Dead Poets Society

For Robin Williams

"O Captain! my Captain! our fearful trip is done,
The ship has weather’d every rack, the prize we sought is won"
         --Walt Whitman

 

Our ship's arrived,
And we came in
And fought in many
Ugly ways--
Somebody said
The beast within
Will never see
The light of day.

 

But here we are now--
Long time gone--
With sadness
Time our laugh
Replaced--
The crowd roared
With applause--
The captain wore
A double face.

 

The laughter died
And no more
They'll see
Their captain
Rise again--
They've seen black
Presidents, genocide,
But they are yet
To see a man.

 

      August 14, 2014