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A Tribute to Muhammad Ali

By: Alex Joe
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“The Greatest,” a sonnet by Alex Joe

Having crossed into the Great Divide,

He rests in peace from a Parkinson’s slide.

Defying the Great White Father’s marketing

Vietnam War against his illustrious string 

Of victories and his work as bard

Promoting Great Pain directed toward

a system, a time, an era, a place

where few spoke … a gnomon making a case

with verve, volume, vivacity, bane.

Known to versify, prone to explain

just how this was in view of that, his

aptitude for word smithing, vi’va voce, is

currency, instant ire, or rain of mirth.

Duty now, us, celebrate his life, birth.

 

“Skilled ,“ a haiku by Alex Joe

Muhammad Ali,

Extraordinary. The

pugilist supreme.

 

 

 

An Acrostic on “The Greatness of Muhammad Ali“ by Alex Joe

 

                magnaniMous

mUm

migHty

mAsterful

Massive

Measured

mAven

meDalist

 

                               Abridged

aLkaline

altruIstic

 

 

“Ali” by Alex Joe

Here’s to the brother

Who stood like no other

In the face of denial and hate.

The man of the hour,

Who would not kowtow to

Hatred, ignorance, just fate.

 

Alex Joe is a Lincoln High School special-ed teacher.