Treasure Island

Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

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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.'

Submitted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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Poet's Notes about The Poem

Since I was small he has taught me to smile and laugh. I will never forget.

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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  • * Sunprincess * (8/26/2014 8:02:00 PM)

    ..........I must search for this video....loved reading this wonderful tribute to one of the most beloved stars of television....still I wonder why? ? ? (Report) Reply

  • Geetha Jayakumar (8/14/2014 12:21:00 AM)

    A lovely tribute to Robin Williams. Beautiful lines.....

    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.

    Loved reading it. Thanks for sharing.
    May his soul rest in peace! (Report) Reply

  • Savita Tyagi (8/13/2014 7:12:00 PM)

    Beautiful tribute to a most wonderful person. Your thought of expressing it through Koko is just so heart touching. (Report) Reply

  • Diane Hine (8/13/2014 4:56:00 AM)

    What a lovely idea, to focus on this special moment in his life - wonderful. (Report) Reply

  • Valsa George (8/13/2014 12:21:00 AM)

    A beautiful tribute to Robin Williams, the great American comedian and director who made the world explode with laughter like Charlie Chaplin! Is it accidental that both of them embraced the same fate?
    I too watched that video on youtube. It is just amazing to see both the gorilla and the actor tickling each other and roaring into laughter! Finally how they embraced each other as if affirming an undying bond.....! Your idea of writing a poem from Koko's point of view is so remarkable. I feel they felt an affinity transceding all barriers of species and gene!

    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.

    Beautiful lines! (Report) Reply

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