poet Darwin Henry Beuning

Darwin Henry Beuning

Too Soon

Comedians in America die young
Perhaps, for having too much fun

Our three beloved John's
Who now have been gone so long

John Belushi, age thirty three, John Candy, age forty three,
and John Ritter, age fifty four

We also have Chris Farley, age thirty three
and most recent, Robin Williams, age sixty three

They gave us many funny moments
In our world of doom

They brightened up our day
Making us laugh instead of sigh

They left so suddenly
Like a bolt out of the sky

I still watch their re-runs and tapes
Which bring tears and laughter to my face

May they rest in peace

Topic(s) of this poem: life

Poem Submitted: Sunday, October 5, 2014
Poem Edited: Sunday, November 1, 2015

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

It is interesting that all the ages end in three, except for John Ritter, age 54.

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  • Gary James SmithGary James Smith (9/1/2020 9:58:00 AM)

    Cool poem Darwin...I have enjoyed their entertaining antics as well...thanks for your comments on a couple of my poems...much appreciated...have yourself a wonderful day

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  • Smoky HossSmoky Hoss (12/1/2019 2:10:00 PM)

    Very good; and thank you for offering a beautiful tribute to the souls who gave us a gift of joy, to be enjoyed, time and time again.

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    Darwin Henry BeuningDarwin Henry Beuning(12/21/2019 11:16:00 AM)

    Smoky, Thank you for the nice comment. My wife and I just got back from a month's vacation to Thailand. Thailand is 14 hours ahead of Utah time, and we are having a rough time adjusting to the time difference. Having to readjust to COLD COLD Utah. Best to you this holiday season. Merry Christmas.

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  • Ruta MohapatraRuta Mohapatra (2/11/2019 7:12:00 AM)

    So true! Thanks for sharing!

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  • Kathy Wright (12/21/2018 7:37:00 AM)

    Very interesting thoughts, but only God knows the number of our days. Curses are part of the reasons for these early deaths. That is why knowing the Master who can break curses, Jesus Christ and and His blood shed on the cross is so very important for living a full life. Read the Good Book and find life!

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  • Ryan FigginsRyan Figgins (10/1/2017 11:02:00 AM)

    I remember when you told me about this poem.. Just very interesting. Might be some truth to it.

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  • Matthew Holloway (9/16/2016 12:09:00 PM)

    A warm and endearing piece celebrating those who brought such joy

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  • Michael WalkerMichael Walker (9/12/2016 7:52:00 PM)

    Very good photos, very talented men.

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  • Edmund StrolisEdmund Strolis (1/14/2016 10:47:00 AM)

    Yes and Andy Kaufman and Freddie Prinze. I am a big fan of all these modern day legends. Thinking back on the old crowd of Chaplin, Marx and Jack Benny they lived a good long time. George Burns and Bob Hope too. I think this modern crowd feels they can't live up to the expectation of always being funny. They do coke and never want to let the people down.

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  • Kim BarneyKim Barney (12/16/2015 12:28:00 PM)

    I thought I had left a comment on this poem before, but I guess I was wrong. Anyway, the addition of the photo is a very nice touch. I like it very much.

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  • Hannington Mumo (11/26/2015 6:16:00 AM)

    You have a thrilling revelation in your poem and comments. Musicians, especially here in Kenya, die very young. What carries them home too soon is a secret only known to their Creator. I like your enervating read.

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  • Darwin Henry BeuningDarwin Henry Beuning (11/10/2014 4:26:00 PM)

    My observation is that there is a Curse of Three that comedians need to be aware of. Ages ending in 33,43,53, and 63 are deadly for comedians. They also need to be wary of the year before and after these key ages. A few well known comedians who are in these zones of death are, Ladies: Melissa Ivy Rauch, age 34, Melissa McCarthy, age 44, Julia Louis Dreyfus, age 53 and Roseanne Barr, age 62. Gentlemen: Simon Helberg, age 33, Kunal Nayyar, age 33, and fast approaching, Jim Parsons, age 41, and Jerry Seinfeld, age 60. Only time will tell.

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  • Darwin Henry BeuningDarwin Henry Beuning (10/8/2014 9:38:00 PM)

    There are many other comedians who have passed too soon. Bill Hicks, age 32, Sam Kinison, age 38, Greg Giraldo, age 44 and Robert Schimmel, age 60. I'm sure there any many more to add to the list. Why are they taken so soon? ? ?

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