We had him, Dr Maya Angelou’s poem for Michael Jackson

July 7, 2009 § 1 Comment

Beloveds, now we know that we know nothing
Now that our bright and shining star can slip away from our fingertips like a puff of summer wind
Without notice, our dear love can escape our doting embrace
Sing our songs among the stars and and walk our dances across the face of the moon
In the instant we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
No clocks can tell our time and no oceans can rush our tides
With the abrupt absence of our treasure
Though we our many, each of us is achingly alone
Piercingly alone
Only when we confess our confusion can we remember that he was a gift to us and we did have him
He came to us from the Creator, trailing creativity in abundance
Despite the anguish of life he was sheathed in mother love and family love and survived and did not more than that
He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style
We had him
Whether we knew who he was or did not know, he was our’s and we were his
We had him
Beautiful, delighting our eyes
He raked his hat slant over his brow and took a pose on his toes for all of us and we laughed and stomped our feet for him
We were enchanted with his passion because he held nothing
He gave us all he had been given
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana’s Blackstar Square, in Johannesburg, in Pittsburgh, in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham England, we are missing Michael Jackson
But we do know that we had him
And we are the world.

§ One Response to We had him, Dr Maya Angelou’s poem for Michael Jackson

  • B. Hicks says:

    I have tried to write this for a year; this is agonizingly beautiful and it is so good to hear that someone as prolific and wonderful would write something so beautiful about such a treasure. He was a gift from God, and gave it all, everything he had to give, i suspect. I’m older but I loved him for years. I thought his environmental interest was way ahead of everyone else, his love and concern for children undeniable, and his talent and energy unbelievable. God bless you for writing such a lovely piece. I have printed it and framed it. I will never forget it, him or you. Thanks

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