My Boston-Irish Mother and Bill Russell

I’m calling from Heaven my mother’s laugh
As that was the best of her—half wild
It always rushed out
While bigots stood unaware
And bullies swayed half asleep
How she loved Bill Russell—
Johnny Most on the radio
“Get ‘em Bill, get ‘em!”
And then—
“He’s a total fucking genius!”
When he retired
And kept fighting for civil rights
She said: “he’s a total fucking genius!”

Author: skuusisto

Poet, Essayist, Blogger, Journalist, Memoirist, Disability Rights Advocate, Public Speaker, Professor, Syracuse University

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