The Sadness Beneath

(For Mr. Williams.)

How could he end such a beautiful life?
Why did he throw it all away?
Did he not think of his kids & wife
And all who loved to watch him play?

Unanswered questions from a chorus in shock
Fumbling for reason in a time of grief
He often seemed as solid as a rock
And never in need of permanent relief

It’s hard to understand a troubled mind
That deludes itself into believing the worst
That out there, you’re funny, sharp & kind
But in here, you’re trapped, lonely & cursed

The sadness beneath is a silent killer
And no one but its victims can be aware
So you mask the pain, pretend to be a pillar
While quietly drowning in a sea of despair

You accept the lies that define your thinking
But work twice as hard to hide their influence
The truth gets lost in your heavy drinking
Completely buried in this deadly confluence

Behind the jokes is a trail of shame
Launched by traumatic events of the past
An extraordinary man with a famous name
Ravaged by dishonesty much too fast

Dennis Earl
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Tuesday, August 12, 2014
11:00 p.m.

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