Treasure Island

Stephen Katona

(26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Koko asks for a Kitten


Koko the gorilla saw a kitten,
And was immediately smitten.
"Please be so kind,
To give me him", she signed,
"I'll call him All Ball,
I'm big and he's small."

This male manx,
Got up to all kinds of pranks,
Playing hide and seek,
A sight unique,
Or a merry chase,
With joyful grace.

People stared,
At this unlikely pair;
A gorilla so smart,
All Ball near her heart.
Such a lovely team,
This mother's dream.

Submitted: Tuesday, June 10, 2014
Edited: Tuesday, June 10, 2014

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  • Susy Evelyne (6/18/2014 4:44:00 AM)

    What a joyful poem! The title appealed to me as I remember seeing a picture of Koko the gorilla with the tiniest cutest kitten. All Ball is a lovely concept. Not sure if the name comes from your poet's creativity or if that was the sign language used by Koko? Whatever, it's glorious! (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/18/2014 10:27:00 AM)

    Thank you Susy. It was Koko's imagination that came up with 'All Ball'. Real life seems to beat my imagination every time.

  • * Sunprincess * (6/17/2014 1:21:00 PM)

    ............oh this is so sweet....and kittens are so adorable.....how could koko not wish for him.....loved reading this one... (Report) Reply

    Stephen Katona (6/18/2014 10:24:00 AM)

    Thank you Sunprincess. There is a lovely youtube video showing Koko with 2 kittens which she was given after her first died.

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