Our Resident Poets

Our Resident Poets

Listen, Learn

By Kenji Williams

That statement is “true”
It applies not just to “others”
But also to you
When Coach says “be patient, concise
It should be

“Incumbent” upon “you”
To take the advice

Coach is there

Because he knows “The Game”

His “desire to win”

And yours is the “Same”
So listen and Learn

Take the advice

You are the “Winner”

Isn’t that nice?



By Kenji Williams

Look at yourself and you will see
There is NO difference
between you and me,we’re mind
Positioned to improve our lives
Nurturing “thoughts positive”
Our Spirits “survive” the onslaught
Of negative while reaching
Our Goal,this takes courage
We must be bold,continue to
Fight until you achieve it


By Kenji Williams

Respect your teammates abilities
They have something to offer too
Collectively you’re of one mindset
And this will see you through
Teamwork is the key,as you make
Your plays,unity of purpose
Will ensure your Winning Ways.

Kenji Williams Archive


By Darryl Goodner

It was sometime ago, it seems to me, when I first heard about the ‘J’.

It was in the days of the A.B.A., when I knew we had been sent a man of ‘spectacular play‘.

A friend had asked for money;

After considering, I said: “Alright! I’ll lend ya!

He told me he was going to see the hometown team,

the Kentucky Colonels play Virginia!

Well it was no luck on the home front that night.

Dr. Julius Erving played the game so ‘near perfect’

that the crowd collapsed into fright!

He was leaping, and twisting, and walking on airwaves. People had never seen such a sight!

Soothsayers in the crowd elaborated: “For him to do all of this, his frame of mind must be right!

In my hometown, we had seen great players come, almost in every season.

But Julius blew our minds without ‘rhyme or reason’!

Everybody left the place looking like a zombie. The African couple was mesmerized!

When ‘the good doctor’ dunked over five people, the couple hollered: “Harambe!”

No doubt about it! The die-hard fans had been spooked!

A fellow who might have been of English descent cried out: “Gadzooks!”

Dr, J would perform surgery on the tallest player! He could be hemmed in a corner, explode,

And make something out of nothing!

On the next play, he would do the same thing…..from the other side of the court, just to let you know he wasn’t bluffing!

What really caught my eye about this ‘physician’, was an altercation that happened on the court,

stemming from a battle that was being hard-fought.

You expect a player of his caliber not to be a pushover, and a slouch.

But Julius, having the magnificent sense of sportsmanship, strolled down the court, grabbed a seat on the ball and sat down.

Even the cameras caught his act!

Everyone praised him for keeping his ‘cool’ intact!

If I was a kid, I would pattern my play after him. There has never been a more worthier athlete. On the court or off it!

Dr. J, the spirit of your game will go on forever! It will never quit!

Darryl Goodner Archive

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