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Poem of the week: Muhammad Ali by Michael F. Hopkins

Poem of the week: Muhammad Ali by Michael F. Hopkins

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By Michael F. Hopkins  

A master fighter who found peace,

he would show a nervous world

how to stand firm  

for Truth.  

The rascal who taught us honor,

he held the torch high and bright.

His grasp for Justice never faltered,  

even when he could barely stand.

He was a taunting poem.

He was a grim, brilliant

dance. He was a reality

none could dodge.

He gave us a humanity that never stops

growing. His strength offers a humility

and compassion

which never stops caring.

The boxer ranks high.

The jester bites deep.

The brother, profound

a man who dares us all to look and leap.

Contributor’s Note: MICHAEL F. HOPKINS is a Buffalo-based poet, educator, jazz critic and social commentator who has been active in the arts community for more than three decades. He is the author of “A Kind Of Twilight” (Smiling Cat Publications), writes and edits the ongoing critical forum “A Deeper Groove,” and has written for such periodicals as The Black Scholar, Contact II and the international jazz magazine Coda.

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