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
Dreams of making it to the NBA as if that were your only way to success
Suppressing ideas of learning on your mental abilities
As if your realm of possibilities didn't extend beyond the borders of a court or a field
Drawing your own boundaries would be a tragedy in itself
So don't kneel at the throne of restrictions
It's time for a change
As John F Kennedy said as he accepted his party's presidential nomination in 1960
"we are at a turning point in history"
Never before has there been more of a need for pioneers on a new frontier for
"unsolved problems of peace and war"
Unconquered pockets of ignorance and prejudice
Unanswered questions of poverty and surplus
It's time to stop hiding behind meaningless slogans, catch phrases and warning signs
His potential remained a mystery
Drugs, guns, and crime occupied his time while quick cash
Harassed his concentration
His dreams remained unseen
Like weapons of mass destruction
But he continued his productions of self destruction
Brothers be earning bachelor's degrees in thuggenometry
Yea, we've been done wrong
But we do each other worse
The murder that murder produced
An eye for an eye
You feel justified
In murdering people who murder people
To show that murdering people is wrong?
Singing that song
Of what's good for the goose is good for the gander
You scandalous barbarians
play God too long, and the real one might get upset