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Amar’e Stoudemire pens farewell poem to New York after Knicks buyout


Amar’e Stoudemire’s strange sojourn in New York as a member of the Knicks has ended, not with a bang, but a whimper … and some poetry.

The Knicks, as expected, reached a buyout agreement with Stoudemire late Sunday night and reports indicate that the veteran big man has his eyes on the Dallas Mavericks as his next team once he clears waivers. But on his way out of New York, Stoudemire decided to articulate the overflowing of emotions he is feeling with a poem as he bids farewell to the city he so loves after four-plus seasons with the Knicks.

Attached to a photograph posted to Instagram that proclaims, “New York will always be my home whether I am here playing for the Knicks or not,” Stoudemire’s foray into heartfelt poetry follows:

Poem by: Amar’e Stoudemire
NY NY what a beautiful city
A place where you can hang out with Anna, JayZ & Diddy

Its a place absent of excuses and patience
If your smart, you can meet leaders of every nation

NY NY big city of dreams
Everything in NY isnt always what it seems

In the land where the jungle is concrete
The money flows Dow Jones and Wall Street

Home of #STATcity and the #Knickstape Orginator,
Shalom to all my fans, Salute to all my haters.

Peace and Love
Amar’e Carsares Stoudemire Sr.

There you have it. While Stoudemire won’t be mistaken as the second coming of Robert Frost, despite a few grammatical and spelling issues, the sentiments expressed in his poem resonate with emotional honesty and are arguably eloquent.

Hopefully, Stoudemire will be able to continue to enjoy his red wine baths and friendship with Taylor Swift as he embarks on the next stage in his NBA career away from the bright lights of the big city.