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No. 3120

Muhammad Ali: A sporting personality who changed the worldhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/boxing/36452615
Goodnight, Legend. By CpSingleton © 2016 

They stole your bike,


You conquered the world.

A shuffle and a dance,

Whilst the lip sped on.
Don’t enjoy it, black man!

Don’t get comfortable with your beliefs, Muslim!
We’re coming to drag your arse to another continent.

Here’s a gun, go do your worse.
Your best is what you did.

You said NO! The Vietnamese never oppressed you.

The establishment threatened jail.

You shrugged.

They took your belt.

So be it, you said. 
They giggled behind cupped hands as your “best years” flew by.
Legends don’t have “best years”, fools!

Every minute of their lives are the best. 

Even as your body broke down and wilfully disobeyed you, your wise eyes smiled.

Not everything you did and said was right. You knew that.

Legends also have their creaky moments. 

The times may have altered your thinking, but at least you cared enough to be counted.
Where are all the legends, now you’ve gone?

Who can replace a one off in a world of clones?
2016 stripped us another one off.

A prophet.

A messenger.
What do we have to guide us now?



Look around you, people. See the reflection in another’s eyes. 

It’s your time now. 

In a forest of dead, concrete trees,

It’s your turn to grow.

Your turn to say: NO!
Grasp the torch that Ali once held.

Even when he shook he inspired.
May he rest and peace and all the light he spread never die.


About Chris42

I am a liar! A maker-uper of stories! If this was the 16 (c) I'd be burned as a witch. Fank goodness it is not, eh?! I have four children: two wonderful girls, a fantastic lad and Leeds United. I have no strict genre. I write children's poetry and stories, to edgy, stronger themes. Up until now I have stored them for my own and my family's viewing. Last year i thought bugger it and starred in several short films. One, Playground, which is on the BBC Film Network, used the monologue that I wrote for the audition. You should've seen the face of the receptionist, of the Manchester hotel, where the audition was being held, as I turned up dressed as the psychopath, Gordon. It got the desired effect! I then moved up to Cumbria and wrote and appeared in several live performances on stage. 2012. A local artist, Kayleigh Richardson, commissioned me to write a poem for her to paint a representation. I sent her, The Rise of the Robot Monkey Army. Kayleigh painted a fantastic piece that blew my mind! From that we are collaborating on the Jacob Bear series of stories. Oh and Two's Company is to published, along with seventeen other Sci Fi short stories as part of a collection. Not a bad start to the, so called, last year of the Earth. Now is the time to show the rest of you. I take my themes wherever i see them, whether in reality or dream-world. I hope you enjoy. If not tell me why. If so tell me why. Many thanks and be safe. So far I have published: Jacob Bear's first Christmas,https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007GK872A (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007GK872A (USA) Jacob Bear Goes to School https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007JD3OKY (UK) http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007JD3OKY (USA Jacob's First Words https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007VZWPSC (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007VZWPSC (USA) Space Here https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007H96M90 (UK) &http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007H96M90#reader_B007H96M90 The Rise of the Sponge Cake Moon https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B007WWZ16M (UK) & http://www.amazon.com/dp/B007WWZ16M (USA) © Madstoffa, 2012. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited.


6 thoughts on “No. 3120

  1. CP, you may not be the prophet–or maybe you are–but you definitely are the messenger!

    Posted by bowmanauthor | June 5, 2016, 6:40 pm

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