Don’t Slug Champions

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Oh, Eddie Mayo,
What happened
When you finished third
In the Connellan Mile
At Celtic Park?

Did Mr. Gordan
Make fun of your mom,
Rebuke your handshake,
Or call you,
“The little distance runner from Brooklyn?”

Was your reaction
Called for when you
Took to fisticuffs
And started a donnybrook
With the winner?

Six months later
You found yourself standing
Before a panel
Of men
To judge your athletic fate.

They pointed a finger
At your short stature
And ordered you
Demonstrate better sportsmanship by refraining
From slugging the champions.

(New York Times: 7/22/18 & 12/5/18)

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