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The Web Poetry Corner - M A Heathcote - Rumble in the jungle

Rumble in the jungle

by

M A Heathcote

Give us some poetry?
Me, we..?
These are the words;
Of Muhammad Ali..!
Ailóbaba-booyah! Ali
The emperor of Horus
Sang back the chorus
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!

The peoples champion!
A roaring, catlike, lion
With longlegs of lynxes
A king of all..? Cobras
With a right leading, paw...
His arms like a ripsaw...
With words of combat
Heís a buzzing black, gnat...
In the ears of a wall,
Fury, surely, heís only a meatball.

A half crazed; George Forman
He isnít there American, Tarzan
Muhammad Ali...
Ailóbaba-booyah! Ali
The emperor of Horus
Sang back they in chorus
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Hellfireís sharpen a beast
Who isnít yet a baptized priest?

This unleashes a bears raging claws
In a taciturn of natural laws
A trudging elephant goes, sleeping...
Wearily on the ropes heís waiting...
Tobacco chewing the brawlers
Heart weakening bouldersó
And his own leaf shedding soul
All his admirers console!
Muhammad Ali...
Ailóbaba-booyah! Ali
The emperor of Horus
Sang back in chorus
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!
Ailóbaba-booyah!

Mean while, me, we..?
Ali, tenderly inward-sobs..!
Me, we..? Me, we..?
For three whole rounds he bobs...
Till his sobs, override
His natives absent ringside-
Fear; then does he begin to hear..!
A charlatanís heart beating, drums...
With no more tantrums,
He wakes the African, elephant
Wounded and yet more grievant
Itís then this road, turnpikesí
And a preordained cobra strikes
At a watermelon gatherer
Bewildered, headlong guilty of his own perjure.


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