Poet in the Ring

Muhammad Ali

Heavyweight Champion, Hu


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Muhammad Ali 

January 17, 1943 – June 3, 2016

Muhammad Ali was a poet in the ring who backed up his verse, “Float like a butterfly, sting like a bee / The hands can’t hit what the eye can’t see,” by leaving opponents sprawled on their back in the center of the ring. In fact, Ali had a poetic side that he demonstrated in July 1972 when he visited County Clare, Ireland, the birthplace of his great-grandfather, and recited poetry.

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Credit for Ali sketch goes to artist David  @feensdraw. You can find his work on Ello at https://ello.co/feensdraw


Dempsey and Firpo (1924) - George Bellows

Dempsey and Firpo (1924) – George Bellows






About Jim Brennan

Jim is a Philadelphia-based writer, author, poet and editor for the Schuylkill Valley Journal.
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6 Responses to Poet in the Ring

  1. LB says:

    Jim, I see that I have already commented on this post, so of course it is a re-blog given the death of Ali. While I’ve been catching up on blogs and blogging today, I’ve listened to several tributes to Ali. I also followed your link to his poetry recitation in Ireland. His cadence (is that what you call it?) is captivating, and somehow, makes each word distinct.


    • Jim Brennan says:

      Ali was a warrior, a humanitarian, and fought as hard against social injustice as he did in the ring. Back in the day he was the most recognized person on earth, a real luminary, and a poet in the ring. He truly did “float like a butterfly and sting like a bee.” He was before his time. And yes, that recitation he did in Ireland, the birthplace of his grandfather, is timeless.

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  2. LB says:

    Nicely done!
    So, did you enjoy the Workshop?


  3. Patrick says:

    Very nice post Jim!!! (Or should it be “James” when there’s poetry in motion)


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