Rate this poem:(4.00 / 1 vote)

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.

Font size:
 

Written on January 25, 2022

Submitted by karlcfolkes on January 25, 2022

42 sec read
95 Views

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…

All Karl Constantine FOLKES poems | Karl Constantine FOLKES Books

FAVORITE (16 fans)

Discuss this Karl Constantine FOLKES poem with the community:

2 Comments

Translation

Find a translation for this poem in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Citation

Use the citation below to add this poem to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"Penance For an NBA Player" Poetry.com. STANDS4 LLC, 2022. Web. 17 May 2022. <https://www.poetry.com/poem/118588/penance-for-an-nba-player>.

Become a member!

Join our community of poets and poetry lovers to share your work and offer feedback and encouragement to writers all over the world!

May 2022

Poetry Contest

Enter our monthly contest for the chance to win cash prizes and gain recognition for your talent.
14
days
6
hours
30
minutes

Browse Poetry.com

Quiz

Are you a poetry master?

»
"My candle burns at both ends; It will not last the night."
  • A. Edna St. Vincent Millay
  • B. Wilfred Owen
  • C. Sylvia Plath
  • D. Lord Byron