Monday, December 29, 2014

Philip Seymour Hoffman: In Memoriam

Philip Seymour Hoffman (courtesy of this site)

You traveled to the depths of our despair,
And mined the gold of human tragedy.
Cloaked your being with our traits, prepared
Such complex characters, in empathy.
Unique, unparalleled and fearless too,
You searched your soul for evil and disgrace,
Immersed, inhabited that hellish truth,
Translated it; in you we saw our face.
Through you we saw, we're all the same within.
Black hearts, dark holes of boundless emptiness
Unrequited vacuum, self-hate's "sin,"
The endless pain, the horror, the distress.
With heavenly artistry you touched our souls.
May joyous spiritual grace now make you whole.

PSH speaking at the 92nd Street Y about the film Capote.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Robin Williams, In Memoriam

Robin Williams Photo from site


Genius! Brilliant light your star shines through
The dark, beyond the pain that filled your life,
Shines your humor, shines your joyful truths.
Though revelations of your inner strife
Would shout their victory laughing at your core,
And mock all those you helped and raised in hope,
No matter! Spiritual tidings do restore
Your total self, of limitless breadth and scope.
We honor all you are and all you gave,
To make us laugh and lift us far above
Our cares and griefs.Your comic gifts did save
Us from ourselves. A gift of God's pure love.
Your consciousness more clear now as you see
Your great fulfilling purpose. From us you're free.