Francis Duggan

Joseph Louis Barrow - Poem by Francis Duggan

The World Heavyweight champion when he was in his prime
The one called 'The Brown Bomber' the greatest of his time
The mighty Joseph Louis Barrow his legend lives today
It's true old warriors never die they merely fade away

Perhaps excepting Paul Robeson the great Joe Louis did more
For all African Americans than any did before
For eleven years the World Heavyweight Champion he boxed his way to fame
When i was just a toddler his was a household name.

In the thirties and the forties his was a well known face
The famous Joseph Louis Barrow the darling of his race
When Joe was in his heyday none with him could compete
For eleven years undefeated the world's best he beat.

Joe Louis the peoples champion was loved by black and white
And people came from far and wide to watch the great man fight
Few went the distance with him he fought like a man inspired
Yet a gentleman out of the ring and by everyone admired.

With the dead of America the bones of Joe Louis lay
And though he rests in peace forever his legend lives today
For eleven years the World Champion and the greatest of his
He fought his way to glory when he was in his prime.

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Poem Submitted: Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Poem Edited: Tuesday, May 3, 2011

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