laugh. until you cry.

starryWhen Robin Williams left us earlier this week, it felt like being hit with a sucker punch to the gut. The man who could make millions of us laugh so hard that we cried exited stage right, but this time with no comic relief. Only tears. And the unanswerable “why?”

To use the word “irony” here seems hopelessly inadequate. That a soul so brilliant at bringing joy to others felt  that he could not endure living one more day — unimaginable.

But maybe that’s the yin and yang of it. Maybe in order to be blessed with the kind of brilliance that illuminates everything it touches, that is so sensitive to everything it encounters, that takes the human psyche to another level entirely — perhaps one must pay the price by being cursed with an equally enormous, and sometimes unbearable, burden of too much fear, too much sorrow, too much sensitivity.

In the song “Vincent,” Don McClean’s tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, he writes,

“… And when no hope was left inside

On that starry, starry night

You took your life as lovers often do.

But I could have told you, Vincent

This world was never meant

For one as beautiful as you. “

Ah, Robin. If the world was too much for you, we can only hope that you have found a more peaceful place, perhaps among the most brilliant of nighttime stars. Good night, sweet prince.


© 2014 Claudia Grossman

4 comments on “laugh. until you cry.

  1. Thank you for your thoughtfulness, nicely written!

  2. Beautiful! It is sad, and he will forever be in our memories and lived in our hearts.

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