King of Comedy

I took an entire month to think of what to write for The Writer’s Tower October 2014 theme: COMEDY. It may sound seemingly easy. ‘Comedy’ was such a nice, friendly and cheerful word, but inspiration eluded me until the very last evening. LOL.

So, this is my contribution for October 2014. It is a tribute to the comedian Robin Williams (1951-2014), who made the world laugh. He was creative and unique, with lightning-quick wit. When his bright spark was snuffed out, the world mourned the loss. May he be remembered with great fondness for a long time to come.

Theme: COMEDY. Bonus words: guillotine or lemonade.

King of Comedy

A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings
He became funny, entertaining
Just to gain his mother’s attention
Later blossoming into his passion
Political science, he was studying
But dropped out and went into acting
Excelled at Julliard, quite amazing
A stand-up comedian in his own fashion
A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings
Mork and Mindy was a hit on TV, smashing
Meteoric rise to fame in films, unsurprising
Addiction and depression
Became his guillotine and damnation
Couldn’t make lemonade from life’s lemons anymore; seemingly
A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings

An original poem by
Khor Hui Min
31 October 2014

Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File%3ARobin_Williams_Happy_Feet_Premiere_2006.jpg Attribution: By S Pakhrin from DC, USA (Happy Feet Premiere  Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Attribution: By S Pakhrin from DC, USA (Happy Feet Premiere Uploaded by tm) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0) ], via Wikimedia Commons

Poetic style

This poem was written in the style of a Rondeau – a short poem consisting of fifteen lines that have two rhymes throughout. The first few words or phrase from the first line are repeated twice in the poem as a refrain. So, you can see the poem with the rhyming shown below. The capital A is the refrain (a sentence repeated from the first line).

(a)  A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings
(a)  He became funny, entertaining
(b)  Just to gain his mother’s attention
(b)  Later blossoming into his passion
(a)  Political science, he was studying
(a)  But dropped out and went into acting
(a)  Excelled at Julliard, quite amazing
(b)  A stand-up comedian in his own fashion
(A)  A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings
(a)  Mork and Mindy was a hit on TV, smashing
(a)  Meteoric rise to fame in films, unsurprising
(b)  Addiction and depression
(b)  Became his guillotine and damnation
(a)  Couldn’t make lemonade from life’s lemons anymore; seemingly
(A)  A bright spark with a big heart; from shy beginnings

To read more about the Rondeau poem style, visit the Young Writers’ Website.

A tribute to Robin Williams (1951-2014)

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About khorhmin

Freelance writer. Poet. Blogger. Facepainter. Potter. Photographer. Shutterstock contributor. You can follow me @MinKhor.
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