Cassius Clay Clouds

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Cassius Clay Clouds
Good thing the plane had seat belts and we’d been strapped in tight before
takeoff. Without them, that last jolt would have been enough to throw Vonetta
into orbit and Fern across the aisle. Still, I anchored myself and my sisters
best as I could to brace us for whatever came next. Those clouds weren’t
through with us yet and dealt another Cassius Clay–left–and–a–right jab to
the body of our Boeing 727.
Vonetta shrieked, then stuck her thumb in her mouth. Fern bit down on
Miss Patty Cake’s pink plastic arm. I kept my whimper to myself. It was bad
enough my insides squeezed in and stretched out like a monkey grinder’s
accordion—no need to let anyone know how frightened I was.
I took a breath so, when my mouth finally opened, I’d sound like myself
and not like some scared rabbit. “It’s just the clouds bumping,” I told my
sisters. “Like they bumped over Detroit and Chicago and Denver.”
Vonetta pulled her thumb out of her mouth and put her head in her lap.
Fern held on to Miss Patty Cake. They listened to me.
“We push our way up in the clouds; the clouds get mad and push back.
Like you and Fern fighting over red and gold crayons.” I didn’t know about
clouds fighting and pushing for a fact, but I had to tell my sisters something.
As long as Vonetta kept her fear to one shriek and Fern kept hers to biting
Miss Patty Cake, I kept on spinning straw, making everything all right. That’s
mainly what I do. Keep Vonetta and Fern in line. The last thing Pa and Big
Ma wanted to hear was how we made a grand Negro spectacle of ourselves
thirty thousand feet up in the air around all these white people.
“You know how Papa is,” I told them. “No way he’d put us on a plane if it
were dangerous.”
They halfway believed me. Just as I had that soft plastic arm out of Fern’s
mouth, those Cassius Clay–fighting clouds threw our 727 another jab.
Big Ma—that’s Pa’s mother—still says Cassius Clay. Pa says Muhammad
Ali or just Ali. I slide back and forth from Cassius Clay to Muhammad Ali.
Whatever picture comes to mind. With Cassius Clay you hear the clash of
fists, like the plane getting jabbed and punched. With Muhammad Ali you see
a mighty mountain, greater than Everest, and can’t no one knock down a

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