the day heath ledger died)

okay so i was watching sunrise (the day heath ledger died
surrounded by pills they said first he’s dead & then the ads

& then in breaking news, this: so jo, what does this mean?
cut to wednesday’s expert from new ikea magazine (who

brings h. ledger back to life no suggestion of suicide & yet
troubled hollywood fame & divorce his children the strain

seething on red media carpets uncomfortable with the game
brokeback mountain of course nominated for an oscar there

& he’s here in the present tense at the press conference nbc
surrounded by pills says kochie dead at twenty eight in sad

in shocking breaking news heath ledger found dead in nyc
at twenty eight (for fuck’s sake surrounded by pills (ledger

barely hours dead & already this? dead on sunrise if you’ve
just joined us surrounded by pills heath ledger our thoughts

our condolences to his family it appears surrounded by pills
all right you’re watching sunrise the day heath ledger died)

3 Replies to “the day heath ledger died)”

  1. i parked near a newsagent today & a women’s interest mag ran with: ‘He Died Too Young (Ledger’s family tell all)’.

    your poems says what we’re all thinking (sometimes).

  2. I remember how excited I was to be taking my first red carpet paparazzi pics, it was at the Sydney Brokeback Mountain premiere, you know the one where the other photographers sprayed him with water cos they thought he was arrogant. At the time I was angry cos I only got four pics of him, as he had “stormed” off the red carpet.I heard later that after the red carpet he had cried.

  3. Hi Derek and Franny,

    Thanks for your comments … sometimes I wonder if anyone is actually sorry for the poor guy at all. I love the idea of him crying, Fran. That’s beautifully sad.

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