Joe Rosochacki

Lenny Bruce(45) , John Belushi (33) , Chris Farley (33) , Mitch Hedburg (37) And Greg Giraldo (44) , Oh My! Or The Last Comic Dying - Poem by Joe Rosochacki

What torments the mind of a comic?
Is it the hypocrisy in life?
Or is it life's sometimes oxymoronic paradoxical existence?
Were they physically and mentally sick?
Or they have more strife
than you and I?
Is their constant traveling on the road,
cheap hotel rooms
and the hookers
and the dope
and alcohol ever present,
for instance?
They made us laugh outside when they were weeping on the inside,
'The show must go on', 'Break a leg',
- until they died.
True musicians, writers, painters, actors and comedians,
-they are all quite the same,
But who is to blame?
Society, culture, mass media, it is very complex.
What fame takes away, is this form a cruel hex?
They are too many questions for one to ask.
So it is befitting that their life could be summarized in the comedy/tragedy theater mask.


Topic(s) of this poem: eulogy

Comments about Lenny Bruce(45) , John Belushi (33) , Chris Farley (33) , Mitch Hedburg (37) And Greg Giraldo (44) , Oh My! Or The Last Comic Dying by Joe Rosochacki

  • (9/24/2011 11:01:00 PM)

    Joe, I like this poem, I just finished watching the movie Lenny starring Dustin Hoffman, and enjoyed it. Perhaps whatever genious shone so brightly through them was such a hot-fire that what we all saw, and loved, also 'flamed-out' their brief lives; perhaps also it could be no other way; no flame, no light to shine. Better to truly live briefly, than to die lingering long in nothingness.
    Anyhow, very good poem, enjoyed it much.
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Poem Edited: Monday, September 29, 2014

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