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The View From Halfway Down is a symbolic poem read by Secretariat in The View from Halfway Down, in Season 6

Background

Season 6

In The View from Halfway Down, Secretariat takes the stage and starts reading his poem “The View From Halfway Down." When he’s partway through, the spotlight reveals the open door behind Secretariat, but Secretariat assures the audience that he’s not finished yet.  

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When he gets to the part of his poem where he starts expressing regret for committing suicide in the first place, Secretariat starts to panic and the door inches its way closer to him.  

Secretariat continues to panic saying he's changed his mind as Herb tries to console him. As Secretariat regrets not admiring the view from halfway down after he jumped off the bridge he stumbles backward and falls through the door frame and disappears into the darkness.  

Symbolism

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Secretariat before his death.

This poem may have been written for suicide prevention. It largely surrounds the final moments of a suicidal Secretariat, having jumped off the George Rogers Clark Memorial Bridge and realizing that he wanted to live but that living was no longer an option "halfway down."

Poem

The View From Halfway Down

The weak breeze whispers nothing
The water screams sublime
His feet shift, teeter-totter
Deep breath, stand back, it’s time

Toes untouch the overpass
Soon he’s water-bound
Eyes locked shut but peek to see
The view from halfway down

A little wind, a summer sun
A river rich and regal
A flood of fond endorphins
Brings a calm that knows no equal

You’re flying now
You see things much more clear
Than from the ground

It’s all okay, or it would be
Were you not now halfway down

Thrash to break from gravity
What now could slow the drop
All I’d give for toes to touch
The safety back at top

But this is it, the deed is done
Silence drowns the sound

Before I leaped I should’ve seen
The view from halfway down

I really should’ve thought about
The view from halfway down

I wish I could’ve known about
The view from halfway down

Trivia

  • Both the poem and the episode of the same title were written for BoJack Horseman by Alison Tafel.
  • Before reading the poem, Secretariat says "A poem. Original, obviously," a reference to BoJack's "Horseman, obviously" catchphrase.
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