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Michael Phelps for ESPN Magazine, The Body Issue
An Ode to Michael Phelps, Oct. 10, 2008
What an odd creature you are
at six-foot-four with your bat ears
and crazy mer-feet. You can
do one thing spine-
tingling well, then revert
to your child smile and earphones;
you had to be protected by Debby
and Coach Bob himself, then
released into the pool like
a trout. How you ripped
through it, sparkling
with crystals of speed,
sleek and whipping without a splash,
to end-flip and then the point
where the swim stops
and the roar begins.
For you. Michael. Just for you.
But you must not let it
go to that dance of light where
the noise in your ‘phones
meets the silence of your form.
Alone you are perfect.
Remember. Stay tall,
and long, long in the
August 10, 2008