Ben Mizzi
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O' Captain My Captain

I still can’t write articulately why I feel so powerfully about the death of Robin Williams, but perhaps its this quote from Dead Poets Society that has had a serious impact on my life;

We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race. And the human race is filled with passion. And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for. To quote from Whitman, "O me! O life!... of the questions of these recurring; of the endless trains of the faithless... of cities filled with the foolish; what good amid these, O me, O life?" Answer. That you are here - that life exists, and identity; that the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. That the powerful play goes on and you may contribute a verse. What will your verse be?

That I’ve dedicated my life to writing and telling stories is a consequence of that movie and finding it at a time in my life when I needed to.

It’s a reminder that we’ve gotta keep chasing that elusive flame.

As gut punched as I feel, all I can say mate, is thank you.

Now I’ve gotta see about a girl.

Ben Mizzi