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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
>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

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


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