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It's easy to imagine the scene as a middle-school or early-high-school age Michael sits at his desk composing these romantic lines, then formally signs his name, "Michael Jeffrey Jordan," folds the page up to pocket size, and hands it off to the girl of his dreams. Titled "Only You," the poem is by turns sentimental ("Only you can kiss me on my cheeks"), devout (mentioning "the great man above") and, well, awkward ("I hope you grow very, very tall / Because right now you haven't grown at all"). But the standout phrase by far—and the one which foretells His Airness's unparalleled hoops future—remains, "I never fear defeat."
In full, the poem reads, "Only you can brighten my day / Only you can show me the way / Only you can exept [sic] my love / You and the great man above / Only you can kiss me on my cheeks / When I with you I never fear defeat / I hope you grow very, very tall / Because right now you haven't grown at all / My face shows happiness and blue / Because I will love 'Only You.'"
The lined loose-leaf sheet measures 8" x 10" and shows sharp-edged NM condition with folds and a handful of small faint discoloration spots. The signature—a rare full-name example—rates "9-10" in strength and offers interesting insight into how MJ's signature style has evolved over the years. LOA from JSA.
School Love Poem Penned and Signed by a Young Michael Jordan!
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