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Glide like a butterfly, sting like a bee,
The world shant forget you Muhammad Ali,
Thirty one years since you met Smokin' Joe,
In less than five years you retired that foe.
You fought for a cause, your fists and feet showed,
The shuffle, the flurries, the techniques that glowed.
The rapier like repartee of pre-fight encounters,
The razor like sharpness of your jabs on contenders.
You proved to one and all that you were a champion,
Inside and outside the ring, of the world, not one nation.
You still inspire many to believe in what they have,
And faith in God Almighty be steadfast and brave.
Your magic in the ring no one can reproduce,
Your aura outside it inspires many a muse.
O Muhammad Ali, Champ of the Millenium,
May God be with you and whatever your ambition.
You gave us so much, your wizardry in the ring,
Fifteen rounds of delight, the echoes still ring.
Dance Muhammad Ali, nothing can stop you,
Not Parkinson or anything for God is with you.
Dance Muhammad Ali and let the flame rekindle,
The dying torch of boxing, let's see it rumble.
Dance Muhammad Ali, O that we could see,
Another one like you, but how can it be?
Dance Muhammad Ali and boma ye impostors,
We wait Muhammad Ali for your true successor.
Till that day dawns, you must dance Muhammad Ali,
For, in your past fights do our hearts find glee.
Dance Muhammad Ali and let them all find,
That you were incomparable, one of a kind.
You shook Joe Frazier, you swept away Norton,
You annihilated them all in a very neat fashion.
Big George Foreman, they said, he would kill you,
But you struck him like lightning with stunning precision.
Giant after giant the world threw in your way,
But you whupped them all with pomp show and play.
Today those who know you pray a special prayer,
May you Muhammad Ali live long, forever and ever.
Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier fought the first of three epic bouts at New York's Madison Square Garden on March 8, 1971. Billed as the Fight of the Century the controversial clash had Frazier winning the battle but Ali winning the war.
They clashed at the same venue again in 1974 and again in Manila in October, 1975. Ali outboxed and outshone his adversary in both these bouts. The Ali-Frazeir saga continued in the next generation as Ali's daugher Laila and Frazier's daughter Jacqui Ldye tested their skills on June 8, 2001. Laila proved that the name Muhammad Ali will always triumph against the name Frazier and never ever (God willing) will legends succcumb to the plots of a scheming world.
My tribute to Muhammad Ali is dedicated to all those years when the boxer filled our lives with not only displays of boxing wizardly but also with warmth, bravado, hope and the spirit to stand out for a cause, as a man.
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