Jan. 17, 2019

Saluting The Greatest Of All-Time In and Outside The Boxing Ring "Muhammad Ali"

The Greatest Of All Time A Poetic Tribute
Muhammad Ali
HAPPY 77TH BIRTHDAY CHAMP

In 1960 Clay made his mark
Many in Rome thought Clay was simply a lark
Clay ran through his opponents never receiving a mark
Clay was pretty so quick as panther’s prowl
Those quick hard jabs caused many to throw in the towels
Clay's quick movements were meant to arouse
In 64 the entire boxing world feared Liston’s the most
Sonny made Floyd looked as weak as milk toast
He hit Floyd so hard it was easy for Sonny to constantly boast
People thought he'd turned Floyd into the New Jersey ghost
So when Clay turned his eyes to Sonny’s mean glare
Everyone in America thought Clay needed some divine prayer
Heck Clay even called Sonny Liston a big old ugly bear
Ain’t no damn way this bear could catch the Clay the hare
Cassius was headed straight into Sonny’s mean lair
So in the heat of Miami on that warm winter’s night
Sonny Liston’s championship crown was about to take flight
You see Cassius Clay never showed any sights of pure fright
He plays with Sonny as one would play with a kite
Even though Sonny swung with all his damn might
Cassius Clay was about to rise to the greatest of heights
He and his nation were hellbent to fight right
You see it was on the night that he blew into that Miami ring
In all our black communities the black youth started to sing
You see this black man was not going to be pulled by any government string
Nor would he allow anyone to put his mouth a sling
He was seemingly Cassius Clay for only a day
You see Muhammad Ali and the Black Muslims put that Clay name away
Then if his opponents refused to honor name Muhammad Ali
Muhammad made sure that his fists would make them pay
You honored his name or you became his hard straight jabs prey
While Ali fought in the ring to earn his payday
His real work was spent honoring and praising Allah
The Nation of Islam was Muhammad Ali’s true great calling
For once Muhammad Ali committed to his cause he’s never again be caught crawling
Fighting for justice left most of his sworn enemies sprawling
One day in Houston he refused to go fight in the Army
You see to Muhammad Ali the nation’s cause was quite alarming
America snatched up his crown and convicted him quickly
Heck most of White America viewed Ali quite damn sickly
How dare that he reject America’s demand
Who cares if this war was not part of his religious command
No way that this man would take this hard stand
So everyone in the white press called for his ban
For more than a 1000 days he would wait
Never once did Ali breakdown and cut bait
You see justice was entirely greater than great
Ali stood tall and many others would fall
This epic battle would not be his downfall
He came to the ring with an absolute vengeance
Fought many a fight against foes near and far
Ali would become an international star
Heck I think Ali could have been elected czar
Following Ali was like always being in an Arabian bazaar
He fought through the ’70s some said he should stop
You see no boxer ever has beaten the body’s time clock
This man who was ever so brash, bold and defiant
Was headed straight to be a full-time medical client
Ali who spoke with such vigor and vim
Ali who could put words together with ease
Ali who could make rhymes dance off his tongue like a breeze
That Ali was left in that boxed boxing ring
The new Ali now was maintained and hamstrung
You see this Ali had seeming lost his great tongue
No more could he chatter
No longer the mad hatter
He still, however, had that dynamic gray matter
However, without that bold voice did it all really matter
For almost three decades he was with us after his voice had taken flight
For those who had loved him, this was no a great sight
However, we will always love him with all of our mightiest might
You see Muhammad Ali stood for everything being righteously right.
He was indeed the greatest of all time and I hope that you all
will appreciate my last rhyme
Happy Birthday To The Greatest Boxer of All Time
The ultimate warrior in and out of man's ring
For all Muhammad Ali wanted was for the truth and justice bell to ring, ding, ding, ding

JoeSmokeBlackThoughtsJAN172019