Koko the Gorilla

Koko the Gorilla  


Koko died the other day 

At the age of forty-seven. 

She had this command of language 

That I admired. With sign language, 


She commanded two thousand 

Words and her compassion for 

Holding a kitten as a friend cannot 

Be matched in today’s Age of Humans. 


Darwin’s theory of evolution still 

Causes quite a stir but we could 

Have learned a thing or two from 

Koko’s vocabulary skills and caring  


Heart. Twitter was never ready for 

Koko’s hands and fingers. Those huge 

Fingers that talked with us were 

The same fingers that smoothed 


A kitten’s fur and held it to her heart.  

Author: William Peters

William Peters is a narrative poet who finds the occasional humor in growing old, past events, familiar objects, and even relationships. His poetry reads like a snapshot in time.

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