Etan Thomas' poem dedicated to Wayman Tisdale: The Pride of the Great Southwest

Note: Etan Thomas attended Tulsa Washington, the same high school as Wayman Tisdale. After Tisdale died of cancer earlier this year, Thomas wrote a poem on how the former OU superstar impacted his life.

FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: November 7, 2009 at 11:05 pm •  Published: November 7, 2009
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Note: Etan Thomas attended Tulsa Washington, the same high school as Wayman Tisdale. After Tisdale died of cancer earlier this year, Thomas wrote a poem on how the former OU superstar impacted his life.

The Pride of the Great Southwest

What can I say about someone I've admired since the days I was a knee high to a grasshopper?

I remember when you came to Carver middle school and transformed into a symbol of light

You stood as a beacon

Guiding wayward ships of youth desired destinations

You directed our thoughts raising the bar of expectations

Encouraging us to go after our dreams

Not to be deterred by thunderous storms that would cloud our vision

Revealing that we could be anything that we desired to be

You steered us past the negativity that waited patiently in the

Shadows like a robber ready to steal our dreams away.

Drown them in the darkness of the absence of positivity

And snatch right out of our hands any plans for victory

You informed us that we could travel to unchartered sands

That our ears should only be open to bands that would enhance our frame of thought

That we were swimming in oceans of infinite possibilities

And it was ours for the taking

And I listened

I believed you

I received your message and took it to heart

Started seeing an illuminated light at the end of a tunnel

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