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Barry Bonds

   (for Dan Moldea)

Only Shakespeare could write my biography.
My swing was pure Picasso, surreal to the average
player and fan. Forget the Babe.
My name is Bonds. Barry Bonds.
I was blessed by the gods and my godfather
is Willie Mays. Yes, I played for the Giants
and was once a Pirate. Folks try to place a patch
over my records but it only makes them blind
to beauty. Every rumor comes with steroids
and becomes larger with every lie. Leaving
me out of the Hall of Fame makes the place
nothing but a hall. Call me the Ali of baseball.
The greatest of them all.

Written by E. Ethelbert Miller


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