Koko's poem for Robin Williams
How I wish you'd let me know,
Before you decided to go.
When you came to play,
You seemed to be okay.
I, a gorilla with thick fur,
And you, practically a sir.
Your heart was so warm,
Friendship took me like a storm.
I'll never forget that silly grin,
That made me feel we were kin.
How could I have missed your pain?
I saw no sign of hidden rain.
Over your darkest gloom,
You wore a glowing costume.
If only I had seen your plight,
And filled your black world with light.
How did you come to forget,
Our funny little duet?
Now I know when you played the clown,
Your heart was always up and down.
We should allow ourselves to cry,
For this man who started out so shy.
Then honour how he made us smile,
By speaking his unique style,
With a 'Good Morning Vietnam' scream,
And look at people around us and beam.
Let our every single remark,
Be one to find and banish dark.
Teach by example every young and old mind,
How to be truly kind.
No more grunting,
Just 'Good Will Hunting'.
Be as silly as Mork.
Don't worry if we look a dork.
Let this 'Fisher King',
Lead us all to sing,
And fill every street,
With dancing 'Happy Feet'.
How he would desire,
An end to war and 'Fire'.
Come on all of you, shout!
So no-one has any 'Doubt'.
Keep every child safe from harm.
Call your troops to disarm.
We must be in a hurry,
To end this world of worry.
Let the pain of your loss,
Drive you like the Red Cross.
Keep his 'Poet's Society' alive,
Stand up straight and strive.
For together we really could,
Fill this world with good.
In his name we must all cry,
'Let no more die.'
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Poet's Notes about The Poem
Robin Williams met Koko the gorilla in 2001. I was so struck by their beautiful friendship in a youtube video of them I wrote the above poem from Koko's point of view.
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