I wrote the following poem about the survivors of Gilligan’s Island a few years ago. As 2021 begins, only Ginger is left.
Who can forget Gilligan – year after year
he and his motley crew
our after school companions, in black and white
then color, two-dimensional yet
more vivid than old classmates
in the reruns of memory.
And the actors died one by one,
each a strike of childhood’s death knell:
Jim Backus, Alan Hale Jr., Natalie Schafer
Bob Denver. Now, even the professor is gone,
no one left but Ginger and Mary Ann,
castaways of time’s inexorable shipwreck.