Just Like That

On April 15th 1984, British comedian/magician Tommy Cooper collapsed and died on stage during a performance on the Live at Her Majesty's TV show. His death was viewed by millions of viewers across the UK. The following is my tribute to him.

The laugh. The smile. The familiar grin.
The final time. Unknown. Within.
Lap it up. This is it. It's finally arrived.
The audience relish your every move.
You have already died.
Just Like That and What Happened There?
Now more than just your lines, but
a body's message to the brain
That it's time, it's time, it's time.
Slump, fall and lie down flat
That's that.
Solemn faced, no act
The fact.
Unknown by the giggling mass.
Booze, smokes, bills and cares
No longer aware.
Gone and yet to all who see
The familiar shape - that's me.
You say.
The day.
Has arrived.

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