You left us too soon, yet left us much,
Gathering the best, through your gifts they were sent –
Beauty and honesty, openness and truth.
Always seeking perfection, never content,
This is the legacy you have left –
The best of yourself, forever spent.
Absolute discipline and absolute freedom,
Like Astaire centred in the midst of a spin,
Your genius and focus, inventive and new,
Gave us villains and heroes and all in between.
But your rep for great villains – a slew
Of “very interesting people.” You answered, “Just two.”
“If you want to know who I am, it’s all in the work,”
Your life was the template from which your roles