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Penance For an NBA Player

Made of sterner stuff.
Image of athletic skills.

Conformed yet to failure.
He rose to the very top.

As a stalwart college freshman.
Earning accolades of great successes.

Leaving what is still a lasting record.
Placed on a pedestal.

At yet an early age.
Uplifted by admirers.

Lusting for life’s great promises.
Brought him to the NBA draft.

Earning high berth as second pick.
Ambidextrously gifted with skills.

Selected from Kansas State, his college.
Life has its turns of ups and downs.

Each one of us must face his own actions.
“You reap what you sow” is an old saw.

Jeers may follow a wayward athlete.
Rewards are still due with repentance.

About this poem

I know Michael Paul Beasley, Jr. personally as the father of four of my thirteen grandchildren. While the world knows him as a mercurial American NBA player who fell by the wayside, and who has often “lost his way,” I see him more like a lost sheep, as a Prodigal Son wishing to return home to the fold. Let’s wish him well in all his future endeavors.

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Written on January 25, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 25, 2022

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Karl Constantine FOLKES

Retired educator of Jamaican ancestry with a lifelong interest in composing poetry dealing particularly with the metaphysics of self-reflection; completed a dissertation in Children’s Literature in 1995 at New York University entitled: An Analysis of Wilhelm Grimm’s “Dear Mili” Employing Von Franzian Methodological Processes. The subject of the dissertation concerned the process of Individuation. more…

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