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Bojack Horseman: "The View from Halfway Down" Explained

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Secretariat in "Bojack Horseman" reading his poem, "The View from Halfway Down."

Secretariat in "Bojack Horseman" reading his poem, "The View from Halfway Down."

"The View from Halfway Down"

"The View from Halfway Down" is the 15th episode of the sixth season of the adult animated TV series, BoJack Horseman. It was written by Alison Tafel and directed by Amy Winfrey.

The episode features a lot of creativity, but the part that caught my eye was the poem read by Bojack's dad, Secretariat. ''The View From Halfway Down" addresses the regret he feels for killing himself. As he starts to read, the door to darkness lights up behind Secretariat.

A Meditation on Suicide

Midway through the poem, he takes a little pause and the crowd cheers. The door is suddenly right behind Secretariat making a loud banging noise, but he yells, "Am not done! Hold on, am not done!" This symbolizes doubt, which is something I can relate to because I had a somewhat similar experience on my last suicide attempt.

After swallowing a handful of pills I laid on the ground waiting for death, but it never came. I was too weak to get up, and as I laid there I started thinking If death was what I truly wanted or was it what I deserved. I knew I wanted the pain to stop, but I didn't know if I wanted my life to also stop.

Find Your Peace, Big Guy

As he nears the end of his poem, Secretariat starts crying and tells the audience that he changes his mind. He doesn't want it to be over. He starts panicking, but Herb is there to help him. "Find your peace, big guy. Find it." Secretariat continues panicking until falling through the door because there was no way to undo his leap from the bridge.

Conclusion: Try to hold on to life because when it's gone, it's gone.

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"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, 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

Further Reading

  • Mental Health Zone
    Living schizophrenia and OCD. Sharing my experience with mental health to educate more people about how mental illness affects people

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