Prayer for Wilt
so long, big dipper.
you--so long, longing,
--were you—reflecting? critical?
inner warrior against racism,
fit athlete, sweet pleasure to meet, legs still fleet
under blue, furry white skies--high fives
venice beach leisure. eternal rest, eternal activity,
conscious alive circle
passing to realms of mystery
your spirit’s next curiosity.
bye, elegant solitary man, human, hummin’ man.
thanks for sharing your glories
artiste, playing basketball
hoops, round ball
joy uncontained, the man in the boy, you, gracefully tall
quick wall with a finger roll
century of points: one game!
scoring, exploring women too
abusing, respecting, growing
glowing in the mirror above your bed.
you--disliking “hero” tag, people’s person
ciao, hasta la vista
to ineffable unknown may you go,
passing through that wondrous door
go where you’ll soar, like you danced down a shiny wooden floor.
- - Morgan Zo Callahan