Dead Poet’s Society

John Keating (as played by Robin Williams):
“We don’t read and write poetry because it’s cute.
We read and write poetry because we are members
of the human race. And the human race is filled with
passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering,
these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life.
But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we
stay alive for. To quote from Whitman,
“O me! O life!… of the questions of these recurring;
of the endless trains of the faithless…
of cities filled with the foolish;
what good amid these, O me, O life?”
Answer. That you are here – that life exists,
and identity; that the powerful play goes on
and you may contribute a verse.
That the powerful play goes on
and you may contribute a verse.
What will your verse be”


why the poet weeps

because it swells up and
cannot be contained
it spills outward onto the
pages, the canvas, the atmosphere
there in its purest, raw
form, the frailty of humanity
the cries of the lost
laughter of the children
wrapped in the arms of
your beloved, safely kept
whispered words forever
flow outward the ripples
after the stone is cast
and how it grows, dances
the light with soulful verses
as the play goes on.