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

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