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The Road Not Taken

“Two roads diverged in a yellow wood,
And sorry I could not travel both
And be one traveler, long I stood
And looked down one as far as I could
To where it bent in the undergrowth;

Then took the other, as just as fair,
And having perhaps the better claim
Because it was grassy and wanted wear,
Though as for that the passing there
Had worn them really about the same,

And both that morning equally lay
In leaves no step had trodden black.
Oh, I marked the first for another day!
Yet knowing how way leads on to way
I doubted if I should ever come back.

I shall be telling this with a sigh
Somewhere ages and ages hence:
Two roads diverged in a wood, and I,
I took the one less traveled by,
And that has made all the difference.”

- poem by Robert Frost & artwork by Niels Shoe Meulman

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Simply beautiful.

(via @DigitalHearts)

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“LIFE” Tribute to Muhammad Ali by Yasiin Bey

A tribute to the words of Muhammad Ali by Poet Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def), Calligraffitist Niels Shoe Meulman and directed by Stuart A. McIntyre.

*What would you like people to think about you, when you go?*

“I’d like for them to say,
He took a few cups of love,
One tablespoon of patience,
One pint of kindness,
One quarter of laughter,
A pinch of concern,
And he mixed willingness with happiness,
He added a lot of faith,
And he stired it up well,
Then he spread it out over the span of a lifetime,
And he served it for every deserving person he met.

I’d like for them to say…”

Inspired by Muhammad Ali’s response to a question during an interview.

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“DREAM” Tribute to Muhammad Ali by Yasiin Bey

A tribute to the words of Muhammad Ali by Poet Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def), Calligraffitist Niels Shoe Meulman and directed by Stuart A. McIntyre.

“Last night I had a dream,
When we got to Africa,
We had a hell of a rumble.
First, I had to whip Tarzan’s behind
For claiming that he King of the Jungle.
For this fight, I done wrestled with a alligator,
Done tussled a whale.
Done handcuffed lightning, throw thunder in jail.
You know I’m bad.
I done murdered a rock,
Hospitalized a brick.
I’m so bad, I make medicine sick.
So fast, can run through a hurricane don’t get wet.
When Foreman sees me,
He’ll pay his debt.
I’ll drown a pool of water,
I’ll kill a dead tree.

Wait till you see… Muhammad Ali.”

Inspired by Muhammad Ali’s “Rumble in the Jungle” (1974)

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“WORD” Tribute to Muhammad Ali by Yasiin Bey

A tribute to the words of Muhammad Ali by Poet Yasiin Bey (FKA Mos Def), Calligraffitist Niels Shoe Meulman and directed by Stuart A. McIntyre.

“This is the story of Muhammad Ali,
The prettiest fighter that ever would be.
He talks a great deal, and brags indeed-y,
Of a muscular punch that’s incredibly speed-y.
The fistic world was dull and weary,
But with a champ like Liston, things had to be dreary.
Then someone with color and someone with dash,
That get the fight fans are runnin’ with Cash.
This brash young fighter is something to see
And the heavyweight championship is his destiny.
Ali fights great; he’s got speed and endurance,
But if you sign on to fight, increase your insurance.
Ali’s got a left, Ali’s got a right,
And if he hit you once, you’re asleep for the night.
As you lay on the mat as the ref counts ten,
You’ll pray you never have to fight him again.
For I am the man this poem is about,
The heavyweight champion, there is no doubt.
This I predict and I knew the score,
The champ of the world in ‘64.
When I say three, they’ll go in the third,
Don’t bet against me, I’m a man of my word.
For I am the man this poem’s about,
The heavyweight champion, there is no doubt.
Here I predicted Mr. Liston’s dismemberment,
Hit him so hard he’ll wonder where October and November went.
When I say two, there’s never a third,
Standing against me is completely absurd.
If I tell you a mosquito can pull a plow,
Don’t ask how,
Hitch him up,

I… am the greatest.
I am greatest,
I AM THE GREATEST!

Inspired by Muhammad Ali’s “I am the Greatest” (1964)

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By dutch artist Niels ‘Shoe’ Meulman