Robin Williams and the Archetype of the Fisher King

I wrote this poem as I wept over the death of Robin Williams today:

In Memoriam for Our Fisher King
By Kayleen Asbo
The eyes so bright so twinkling, so merry
also saw through to the deep pain of the world.
Your gift, like Dionysus, was always to walk
between the twin worlds of comedy and tragedy,
Calling us to the melancholy just below the surface mirth
Navigating the rivers of tears to bring us to the shore's edge of sorrow -
Touched by hope and illumined by the essence of humanity.
The laughter you drew out from our depths was kind, not cutting.
the compassion wrapped inside your manic energy
Made all who fell within your gaze safe,
For the sharpness of your tongue cut away only artifice, pretense and hypocrisy
Liberating us from our own foolishness and dissolving barriers between us.
You brought forth the divine child, the Peter Pan, the Dead Poet, the Fisher King
In all of us.
Sleep well, sweet Prince.
Though you have shuffled off this mortal coil,
We will not forget you.
Whatever dreams may come,
May you hear the choir of love and grief resounding
As we sing your praises through the ages.

I am not the only one to have written n this topic- I also found a thoughtful essay by Clarissa Pinkola Estes' article at

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