Impressionist Jim Meskimen Performs a Touching Tribute to Robin Williams In the Comedian’s Voice

Jim Meskimen, the extremely talented Master Impressionist and teacher, performed an incredibly touching poetic tribute to Robin Williams in the late comedian’s distinctive voice.

The text of the poem.

They didn’t burn all the pianos
when fredrick chopin died
Didn’t outlaw oil paints
When Picasso took his final ride

No one put a stop to baseball
When Mickey Mantle’s time was up
Or banned all Russian novels
When Tolstoy went belly up

On shakespeare’s death, nobody said
“Now hath arrived the day–
from this point hence let none dare
put forth pen to write a play!”

We celebrate what’s left
By the departed, it’s our choice
Yet it does seem sacrilegious
To do Robin William’s voice

A voice that was designed to soothe,
Soft, deep tones to resonate
and cascade gently outward
From behind a smiling face

A voice that could accelerate
To catch up with the mind
Like shifting into overdrive
To not get left behind

A voice that could change character
Like seconds on a clock
or hijack nationalities
For a spin around the block

Shift age, shift viewpoint, shift I.Q.,
Whatever’s not nailed down
Destroy, rebuild, destroy again,
A formidable clown

We’ll hear this voice in future times
In reruns on tv,
It’ll occupy the world wide web
Live on, digitally

We’ll hear its echoes come
From other mouths and other lips
In tributes and homages, and,
Like psychedelic trips

We’ll think the owner’s back again
With his familiar sound
But they’ll all be imitations–
Just an audible rebound

New jokes aren’t in the pipeline now,
Not that the well went dry-
But the jester who possessed this voice
Just chose to say goodbye

With the wealth of joy he left us
We should probably rejoice
But it’s hard to to grasp we lost the guy
Who used to have this voice

Lori Dorn
Lori Dorn

Lori is a Laughing Squid Contributing Editor based in New York City who has been writing blog posts for over a decade. She also enjoys making jewelry, playing guitar, taking photos and mixing craft cocktails.