Stephen Katona

Silver Star - 4,271 Points (26th November 1970 / Manchester, UK)

Koko's Poem For Robin Williams - Poem by Stephen Katona

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.'

Topic(s) of this poem: love


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.

Comments about Koko's Poem For Robin Williams by Stephen Katona

  • Bri Edwards (6/27/2017 9:47:00 PM)

    this tribute poem now goes into my/our 'a showcase for and by PH poets', July 2017's, edition. look for July 2017's in my poem list.

    your name and a link to this poem page will be in the showcase.

    thanks.

    bri :)
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  • Darlene Walsh (8/14/2015 9:35:00 PM)

    While humor is often very public, the suffering of loneliness and depression is often very quiet and private. Many suffer in silence and no one else ever knows.
    I am very familiar with when:
    Your heart was always up and down.
    A well written and sad tribute to a great entertainer that we all own much happiness to. And I love the POV.
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  • Bri Edwards (8/8/2015 8:26:00 PM)

    “Over your darkest gloom,
    You wore a glowing costume.” …… the first (only) set of non-rhyming lines, but perhaps the most to-the-point lines so far in the poem.

    “Now I know when you played the clown,
    Your heart was always up and down.” ……. I’m not sure what having an “always up and down heart” is like. I guess depression, which I am glad to say I’ve had very little of in my life, and then not particularly serious depression. thank goodness! ! it’s no wonder someone would want to ‘end it’ if they had to deal with “always up and down’! ! ! ! !

    “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.“ ……….every 10th remark would work wonders is it could banish “dark”.

    “Poets”, not “Poet’s”, I believe; of course you didn’t say you were quoting a movie title. I’ve seen a few of his movies, including Mrs. Doubtfire and Patch Adams, and he’s never disappointed me. Bicentennial Man made me cry (a few tears) at the end. Patch Adams also caused one or two tears (before the ending) .

    the poem is free with ‘good thoughts’, but I am too pessimistic about mankind to feel Steve will ever get what he and many others desire. but it is a nice poem.

    to MyPoemList and to my/our August ‘showcase for PH poets’ on my PH site. thanks Steve AND Robin, and, ok, Koko too.

    bri :) :)
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  • (6/2/2015 4:11:00 AM)

    A fine tribute to a wonderful actor and personality. I was really upset when I read he'd died, such a loss. (Report)Reply

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  • Hazel Durham (5/12/2015 10:47:00 AM)

    Brilliant tribute Stephen, I adored Robin in 'Dead Poet's Society' he was a genius and it is so sad he felt he had to leave this world. You write with such sincerity and compassion for a gentle, complex and shy man it is hard to imagine how he must have felt, but emotional pain is something we all have to deal with, his soft beautiful nature was unable to withstand the terrible pain he was going through. Through his films he shines with joy, energy and his gift to entertain the world! (Report)Reply

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  • (11/26/2014 6:34:00 AM)

    Outstanding and truly original poem of tribute, with every line speaking from your big heart. A really great piece of work, Stephen - perhaps your finest to date. A*** Many memorable and thought-provoking lines but this one will inspire us all:

    Keep his 'Poet's Society' alive,
    Stand up straight and strive.
    For together we really could,
    Fill this world with good.
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  • (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

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  • Heather Wilkins (8/24/2014 6:30:00 PM)

    a great tribute to Robin Williams A great entertainer one of the best (Report)Reply

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  • 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!
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  • 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

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  • (8/13/2014 12:00:00 PM)

    Fine job, nice tribute.. (Report)Reply

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  • Tirupathi Chandrupatla (8/13/2014 5:32:00 AM)

    Great tribute to a noble soul who made us laugh hiding pain inside. Thank you. (Report)Reply

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  • 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

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  • 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!
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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Poem Edited: Tuesday, August 12, 2014


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