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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Michael Jackson - Now We Know


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 walk our dances across the face of the moon.

In the instant that Michael is gone, we know nothing.

No clocks can tell time. No oceans can rush our tides with the abrupt absence of our treasure.

Though we are 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, his life was sheathed in mother love, family love,

And he survived and he did more than that.

He thrived with passion and compassion, humor and style.

We had him

Whether we know who he was or did not know,

He was ours and we were his.

We had him,

Beautiful,

Delighting our eyes.

His hat, aslant 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 back nothing.

He gave us all he had been given.

Today in Tokyo,

Beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana's Black Star Square.

In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh,

in Birmingham, Alabama, and Birmingham, England

We are missing Michael.

But we do know we had him,

And we

Are the world.

recited by Queen Latifah-written by Maya Angelou

Memorial - July 7, 2009

6 comments:

Brenda said...

It was the only thing I saw, and I thought it was well said. I am not a big fan of the paparizzi and the stars they stalk, and I wish they paid attention to public education, or world hunger, or the environment as much as they pay attention to "Stars," but I think we all grew up with Michael and it is sad to see someone's life end so abruptly and without reason.

Cindy said...

Great post! Thanks for sharing!

Brandie said...

That is incredible. Thank you for sharing that!!

Jo said...

I love Ms. Angelou's writing and poems, regardless of the subject matter. She is someone I feel blessed to have heard speak.

Just Tera said...

I could listen to her words all day and learn something new about myself each time.

Mandy said...

I love Maya Angelou's writing. It is so beautiful and inspirational.