You did not see paint on his face, he wore no funny hat,

No big red nose or big floppy feet, no funny costume, he was a man.

Not a clown as a clown might seem to be, his appearance just as you and me,

Always a smile on the outside for you and me, he made us all laugh, tears we didn’t see.

He was Robin, he had quite a life yes indeed, that which hurt his soul none of us could see.

I wish I could have known him, how fortunate his friends and family were to have loved,

He was once a boy, he ran and played just as all children do, his name would become legend,

Robin Williams the person, sadness inside a clown, why did this have to happen to you.

Keith Garrett




  1. Beautiful! I loved this piece. I thought the world of Robin and can’t help wonder at where the pain came from. He was loved, he had a great relationship with his mom. It was a truly sad loss!

  2. Oh god this gets me right in the feels. Robin Williams was my idol growing up. I’ve seen all his work- Good Will Hunting, Good morning Vietnam, Mrs. Doubtfire, Aladdin, Insomnia, Jumanji, Bicentennial Man- I loved this guy so much. I cannot imagine the dark place he must have been in to take his own life. This was just a beautiful bit of poetry.

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