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(January 17,1942 – June 3, 2016)


He floated like a butterfly;
He stung them like a bee;
Self-proclaimed the greatest – and
He was!  Muhammad Ali.

He was the brashest Cassius,
Yet measured to his mouth.
He fought the best available,
And they all tumbled south.

He prophesied the very round
That he’d be conquering.
His oracle was poetry;
He – prophet, poet, king.

He took the crown from Liston,
And later, Smokin’ Joe.
And people all revered him
Wherever he would go.

He would not fight in battle;
They made his boxing cease.
But in the end, he wore the crown
Ambassador of peace.

And thus, today, the talk’s of him
For he has passed away.
A great among the mortals, he
Was also made of Clay.


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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2016.

 

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                   The Greatest

One champion stands as tallest of the tall
(Not Alexander or Napoleon) –
Who conquers self is greatest of them all. 

His name should go on ev’ry trophy, wall.
He rules himself; his anger does not run.
One champion stands as tallest of the tall. 

If Adam had control, there’d be no Fall.
And man would be in Eden still as one.
Who conquers self is greatest of them all. 

Man does not wear a chain or drag a ball
When all his inner battles he has won.
One champion stands as tallest of the tall. 

Some may be kings, but cannot wait, as Saul;
Some may wear weight of worry by the ton.
Who conquers self is greatest of them all. 

He is not slave to self or sinful call.
His glory is the glory of the sun.
One champion stands as tallest of the tall –
Who conquers self is greatest of them all. 

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5th stanza, Saul – I Sam.15:8-14

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© Dennis Lange and thebardonthehill.wordpress.com, 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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