I intend this to be my last post about the death of Robin Williams or Lauren Bacall. My last two posts covered most of what I can add to the subject. Fans of Robin Williams have been posting selfies of themselves doing the final salute scene from ‘Dead Poets Society’. I don’t have a good desk to stand on but I did come across the pic above from the ITV2 office paying their tribute. So as a way of final farewell – if there is such a thing – I post it along with the entire poem by Walt Whitman of ‘O’Captain! My Captain!’.


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; 10
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; 20
Exult, O shores, and ring, O bells!
But I, with mournful tread,
Walk the deck my Captain lies,
Fallen cold and dead.

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3 thoughts on “O’CAPTAIN! MY CAPTAIN!

  1. Beautiful tribute! I would love to share it on my FB page but it looks like I’ve unsuccessful.

    • Jett

      You have to either copy/paste the URL into your FB status that will link to my blog or copy/paste the poem itself into your status.

    • Jett

      Glad you liked it by the way.

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