Jan. 17, 2017

Happy Birthday Champ

The Greatest Of All Time A Poetic Tribute
HAPPY 75TH BIRTHDAY CHAMP
 
In 1960 he made his first mark 
Some in Rome thought he was simply a lark
He ran through his opponents never receiving a mark
He was pretty so quick as panther’s prowl
Those quick hard jabs caused many to throw in the towels
His quick movements were meant to arouse
In 64 the boxing world  feared Liston’s the most 
Sonny makes Floyd looked as bad as burned toast
He hit Floyd so hard it was like Sonny was cooking a roast
People thought he's turned Floyd into a ghost
So when Clay turned his eyes to Sonny’s mean glare
Everyone in America thought Clay needed divine prayer
Heck he even called Sonny Liston a bear
Ain’t no damn way this bear could catch the Clay 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 through 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 by the ring
In all our black communities we started to sing
You see this black man was not going to be pulled by a string
Nor would he allow anyone to put his mouth a sling
He was seemingly Clay for only a day
You see Muhammad Ali put that Clay name astray
Then if his opponents refused to honor Ali 
He made sure that his fists would make them pay
You honored his name or you became prey
While he fought in the ring to earn his payday
He real work was spent to honor Allah
The Nation of Islam was his true calling
For once he committed he’s never be crawling
Fighting for justice left most of his enemies sprawling
One day in Houston he refused to go fight in the Army
You see to Muhammad Ali the nation’s cause was alarming
They 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 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 a bazaar
He fought through the 70’s 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 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 had that 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 great might
You see Muhammad Ali stood for everything being 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 Ali wanted was for the truth and justice bell to ring, ding, ding, ding
 
josephshallJAN172017