Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Oh Captain!! My Captain!

I know everyone is jumping on the RIP Robin Williams train today, but I feel like he deserves the tribute. What makes me sad is that I wish he could have seen this outpouring of support before he died. 
When I was in high school, my sophomore language arts teacher had my class watch the "Dead Poet's" society. If you haven't seen the movie, Robin Williams plays an inspiring teacher at a prestigious all boys private school. Unfortunate events lead to his character being fired. His students honor him by standing on their chairs and exclaiming "Oh Captain! My Captain!" as he leaves.

Oh Captain! My Captain!
by Walt Whitman
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.

O Captain! my Captain! rise up and hear the bells;
Rise up—for you the flag is flung—for you the bugle trills,
For you bouquets and ribbon’d wreaths—for you the shores a-crowding,
For you they call, the swaying mass, their eager faces turning;
                         Here Captain! dear father!
                            This arm beneath your head!
                               It is some dream that on the deck,
                                 You’ve fallen cold and dead.

My Captain does not answer, his lips are pale and still,
My father does not feel my arm, he has no pulse nor will,
The ship is anchor’d safe and sound, its voyage closed and done,
From fearful trip the victor ship comes in with object won;
                         Exult O shores, and ring O bells!
                            But I with mournful tread,
                               Walk the deck my Captain lies,
                                  Fallen cold and dead.

Share praise with your loved ones today.
I think you are all wonderful.
Oh Captain! My Captain!

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