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The Joker!

Heath Ledger,

now there was a man

who knew what it was like

to feel depressed.

The Joker,

a part that pushed him over the edge,

with that painted on smile

and the craziness

dragging down

deeper and deeper.

That’s the thing;

so many do not want to see

the depression,

the hopelessness.

They want that smile

whatever the cost;

manic maybe,

but not maniac

which is what you get

if you try to bury

your feelings

from a sense of failure,

from a sense of guilt.

Submitted: January 16, 2020

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Mike S.

Sad truth, Hull, excellent!

Thu, January 16th, 2020 10:13pm


Thanks, Mike.

Fri, January 17th, 2020 9:52am

Sue Harris

The tears of a clown... you captured the torment perfectly. I think there is a clown lurking in all of us. 'I'm fine, thankyou' big painted on smile!

Fri, January 17th, 2020 2:37pm


Exactly, because that is all people want to see. Thanks, Sue.

Fri, January 17th, 2020 9:58am


What Heath went through because of this character, it became like his alter ego. I read the stories about how this role even became him off screen. Behind the makeup, we never get to see the tears, because people only want to see the makeup and the smile. Depression is far deeper, but if people never see past the makeup, they will never see what is going on. What Heath Ledger did in this role is one of the greatest acting performances of all time, and with or without the makeup, he should always be remembered for that.
Your wording is some of the best I've ever seen in a poem here. Dark, yet truly extraordinary.

Wed, July 15th, 2020 9:35pm


Thanks so much, Dexter. I was one of many who was shocked at Heath Ledger's sudden death. Even though he had struggled long term with depression that role seemed to be one that he couldn't break away from.

Fri, July 17th, 2020 3:23am


This is sad to write about. Heath Ledger was a brilliant actor, and his portrayal of the Joker, not my favourite mind, is of legendary proportions. Off camera it is said the role consumed him, because he would lock himself in his room and act like the Joker. If he was suffering from depression we never saw it, because we didn't see his tears. People just wanted to see the makeup and the smile, but they never saw the tears. No mask or makeup can make a person happy, because depression runs through the soul of a person, and if we can't see it, how are we meant to help this person?
Wearing the makeup or with, and if he was depressed or not, we should remember the man who gave one of the greatest acting performances of all it. But at the same time, it's a reminder that if a person smiles, it doesn't mean that they are happy.
Love this Hully. So grim and realistic, and the wording is genius. Be reading more soon.

Fri, January 1st, 2021 9:40pm


Thanks, Dexter. I still remember when I heard it on the news. People are very good at seeing what they want to see and shutting their eyes to all the little clues that things are going bad.

Sun, January 10th, 2021 11:00am

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