orange and dimpled like a giant orange
what if he’d never grown so tall
nikes and short-shorts a giraffe throat lozenge
only the best for the king of basketball

shoe-sock arrangements written for him
the prince of the jumpshot, the master of hoops
languishing under the salary cap
firing on all five cinderblock coops

nightly, twice nightly, thrice nightly 10-pointers
anointed, appointed, employed and annoying
you can enjoy these spoils by only
being yourself, enthused, tired and cloying

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