“Float like a butterfly. Sting like a bee” — one of many expressions that turned a kid from Louisville, Kentucky, into a global sensation. Anna Werner looks at Muhammad Ali, wordsmith:
“This poem tells how it feels to be as great as me.
This is it, the greatest short poem of all time: me … Whee!“
Muhammad Ali — still known as Cassius Clay at the time — wowed the audience at “The Steve Allen Show” with that bit of rhyme back in 1963, ahead of his first bout with Sonny Liston.
“He had an amazing flair for words — anybody could see that,” said author Jonathan Eig, who is writing a biography of Muhammad Ali. He says the man known for his verbal dexterity actually was dyslexic.