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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
Your patterns I watched with an eagle's eye

As your actions would guide by example

Never a mystery as to whom you gave all praises to

On bended knees you seized the opportunity to remain thankful

As rivers of favor flowed through you

Blessed with success at an early age

You remained humble from head to toe

Giving God all the Glory honor and praise

You were well raised and grew up in the way you should go

Refusing to rest on your laurels you always wanted more

Never nestled in the corners of the borders of the court

You tapped into all of your talents

And shifted your gifts to the direction of musical instruments

Unwilling to limit your boundaries

In a box you refused to be

Avoiding all forms of captivity

I respected you

I wear like a badge of honor that I attended the same high school as you

Your name is synonymous with true success

You've placed your stake in the landmark of history

An example of greatness like Black Wall Street

And now in peace you can rest

You left breadcrumbs for future generations to follow your roads to the ends of rainbows

You will forever be remembered as The Pride of The Great Southwest