Anthony Bourdain checked out
At The Le Chambard Hotel
In Kayserberg France
He hung himself with the belt
Of his hotel bathrobe

At 6′ 4″ I wonder at that height
The thoughts going through his head
Were they meditative? Was he taking slow
Steady, deep breathes
Before the dance?
Was he thinking of the Alan Watts quote,

“Dying should be
One of the great events of life.”?

Anthony’s mental health is questioned
What were the signs? Why couldn’t any one notice?
A lot goes unanswered
And more questions arise

Celebrities speak out
Claiming they were contemplating suicide
A bunch of characters
Having an inflated idea of their own importance
If you ask me

Val Kilmer says Anthony Bourdain’s self-annihilation
Was selfish
Val Kilmer is angry
I was never entertained by him
I only tolerated The Saint because Elizabeth Shue
Was co star and of course suicide is selfish
The ones left to exist are envious
The dead know it all

Anthony Bourdain is the only “celebrity” chef
I have ever watched or read
He’s raw, fierce, and genuine
I understand his stance
On vegan and vegetarianism
I am (mostly) a plant based eater
And love this ending of a quote he wrote,

“Oh, I’ll accomodate them, I’ll rummage around for something to feed them, for a ‘vegetarian plate’, if called on to do so. Fourteen dollars for a few slices of grilled eggplant and zucchini suits my food cost fine.”

Anthony met the reaper head on
And that takes guts and foie gras
And love and travel and
“If you kill it, then eat it, it’s fine.”

I live and the persona and flesh
Of Anthony Bourdain flows with the wind
And I am starved
With an insatiable hunger


RIP Anthony Michael Bourdain
June 25, 1956 – June 8, 2018