No one was faster
than my father on the football field.
No one could keep him
from crossing the line. Then
touching down again.
Coaches were watching the way he moved,
his easy stride, his long arms reaching
up, snatching the ball from its soft pockets
My father dreamed football dreams,
and woke up to a scholarship
at Ohio State University.
living the big-city life
just sixty miles
and from there
Interstate 70 could get you
on your way west to Chicago
Interstate 77 could take you south
but my father said
no colored Buckeye in his right mind
would ever want to go there.
From Columbus, my father said,
you could go just about
Memory & The Past
Music & Sports
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