Jumpman: A Ghazal with Pivots
In a city where bird is basketed on a bed of white bread and french fries, flyness is predicated on what emblem is rocked on feet, see: Jumpman.
Gospel’s basis begins by testimony, always. In this case, He: Jumpman. God disguised as Michael Jordan quipped the man nicknamed Legend.
It’s gotta be the shoes, right? Gravity-defiers. Deifiers, for real. The way he hangs crooked in the air like a hanged man’s neck. He got jumps, man!
The latest pair released. Bad move: these kids just might be jumped, man. Tongue sticking out: how boys brashly walk windy streets when they got
them things, three digits easy. He makes shoes for Republicans, too. Puffs cigars, clipping balls off tees. Logo of a personality: he been jumped, man.
Posts up. Double-teamed. Kicks out. Re-posts. Three dribbles in. Fakes right. Pivots baseline. Fades away.
Hoop. Ear ring. Peddle cologne. Open restaurants. Eat free: like Jumpman. All I want to do is ball. Be at least six feet six inches tall. Wear that gold.
Die. I’m a kid, you see. I got dreams of mansion wings. Don’t start talking to me about sweatshops. Wife-cheating. Rolling loaded—
another pair snatched off a body: choirboys sing, but come June, His phone just rings.
He came back a second time, but with no growth spurt in sight, I minded to bookish things: ballistics, statistics, saving lives. A better me jumped, man.