Most of Etan Thomas' poems are two pages or longer.
Listed below are excerpts from some of his 36 poems in his 80-page book "More Than An Athlete" that was published in 2004 and some excerpts he provided to The Oklahoman that will be published in his upcoming 2010 book "Voices of the Future."
The excerpts don't do his work justice but give you an idea of Thomas' talent and his views on political and social issues.
I'd rather play video games and red light green light and peek a boo
I like to sing happy songs and skip rocks in ponds
But in the world of grown ups
Unsafe sex causes viruses to be passed liked batons
Child molesters caught on tape can avoid convictions
And continue making platinum selling records
She completed his soul
And she believed him
Hung on his every word
Until the test came back positive
She never knew he could run so fast
The biggest mistake of her life
was falling in love with a coward
How could you not cast your vote?
You've assigned yourself to a muzzled opinion
Your muted passions go unaccounted for
You keep your voice concealed like a weapon
Your true strength remains in its holster
See talk is cheap
You should be embarrassed
Casting a vote is a gift you should cherish
So many young brothas see no other way