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Monday, June 3, 2019

The Greatest of All Time


Muhammad Ali left the world three years ago, the greatest of all time is gone

Muhammad Ali held the world in his hands, the greatest of all time, lives on

I heard the news of his passing, I woke in the middle of the night
I heard the news of his passing, I listened to the stories and cried

Ali, the greatest of all one has died

Of all the heroes I ever fell for, he was the one that was truly alive
The only one I ever prayed for, the only one I thought Could make a difference in our time.

Ali spoke to the heart, he spoke for justice and freedom, he told the truth, he spoke of love

He spoke to the world the same as he fought, he fought for everyone

He spoke in rhythms that dazzled, in words that hurt
           
He floated
                        He stung
                                    Like the butterfly
Like the bee
           
With the symbols of his fame he struck the powers of the world
           
Bumaye

He was a prophet in our time, he praised and he scolded, sharp tongued in his youth

He remained a silent witness in his old age, after his voice was taken from him

I remember the day in 1980 when I heard the news that he had lost

Muhammad Ali lost! Ali would never fight again!

All the kids on the school bus murmured, Ali was not the greatest of all

The world stopped making sense.

Muhammad Ali gave my generation permission to be ourselves, be bold, and brag
            Be good, do right

Muhammad Ali taught us to question, to challenge authority, to shun war

He taught us to risk the things you desire most, to give up titles, and money, and fame

Muhammad Ali let them go for things that matter most to him

Ali taught us to serve the truth, seek justice, do good as long as we draw breath
He was the greatest of all time

Ali handcuffed lightning and put the thunder in jail

His star rose like the sun
Three years ago it set

Muhammad Ali will never be forgotten, for as long as the world shall spin



Given First (as an essay) - 2016.06.04

Monday, June 4, 2018

The Greatest of All Time


Muhammed Ali
Floated away from the world
Two years ago, gone

Muhammed Ali
The greatest of all time, with
The world in his hands

Muhammed Ali
The greatest of all time, lives
In stories and song

I woke in the night
I heard the news he had passed 
Listened and cried for

Muhammed Ali
The greatest of all time, had
Died, as all men do

Of all the heroes
I ever fell for, Ali
Was truly alive

One that I prayed for
I hoped could make a difference
A change in our time.

Muhammed Ali
Spoke to the heart, for justice
Of freedom, for love

Muhammed Ali
Spoke as he fought, told the truth
In rhythms that soared

A light for the world
He dazzled with words that hurt
He floated and he stung

Like the butterfly
The bee, symbols of his name
Muhammed Ali
            Bumaye

Fighting the powers
A prophet in our time, he
Praised as he scolded
            Bumaye

Sharp tongued in youth, A
Silent witness in old age
Commanding the stage

I remember when
That day in 1980
I heard he had lost

Ali lost the fight
He would never rise again!
A hero was down

Murmurs in the halls
Ali, was not the greatest?
The world made no sense
.
Muhammed Ali
Gave my generation leave
We could be ourselves

Be bold, and brag, be
Good, do right, to question things
And exemplify
            The light

Muhammed Ali
Challenged authority, shunned
War, and violence

He taught us to risk
What we desired most, in life
To give up titles

To give up money
Fame, he let them go, for us
For what mattered most

Muhammed Ali
Taught us to serve truth, to seek
Justice, and do good

Muhammed Ali
Handcuffed lightning, jailed thunder
He was a blessing
To us all

Muhammed Ali
Never forgotten, he rose
Like the sun, a star


Revised 2018.06.04

Revised 2017.06.04

Given First (as an essay) - 2016.06.04

Sunday, June 4, 2017

The Greatest of All Time

Mohammed Ali left the world
            One year ago
The greatest of all time is gone

Mohammed Ali held the world
In his hands
The greatest of all time, lives on

I heard the news of his passing 
I woke in the middle of the night
I heard the news of his passing
I listened to the stories and cried

Ali, the greatest of all one has died

Of all the heroes I ever fell for
He was the one that was truly alive
The only one I ever prayed for
The only one I thought
Could make a difference in our time.

Mohammed Ali spoke to the heart
            Of everyone

About justice, freedom, he told the truth
Showed us love.

He spoke to the world, as he fought
            For everyone

In rhythms that dazzled, words that hurt
            He floated
                        He stung

Like the butterfly, and the bee
            Symbols of his fame

He struck the powers of the world
            Bumaye

He was a prophet in our time
He praised, and he scolded
He was sharp tongued in his youth
A silent witness as he aged

I remember the day in 1980
I heard the news that he lost
Mohammed Ali lost!
Ali would never fight again!

Kids on the bus they murmured
Ali was not the greatest of all
The world stopped making sense.

Mohammed Ali gave my generation
Permission
We could be ourselves, be bold, and brag
            Be good, do right

Mohammed Ali taught us to question

Challenge authority, shun war

Risk the things you desire most

Give up titles, and money, and fame

Let them go for things that matter most

Ali taught us to serve the truth, seek justice
Do good
As long as you draw breath, the greatest
            Of all time

Mohammed Ali handcuffed lightning
He jailed thunder

His star rose like the sun
It has set
and will never be forgotten


2017.06.04


Given First (as an essay) - 2016.06.04