Today I am closing my Michael Jackson memorial week. His music made me smile, inspired and empowered me throughout my life. So here is another one of my favorite songs of his early career.
Got To Be There
Yes, he left way too early for most of us. But as you know I am deeply convinced that nothing ever happens accidentally. Why ever he lived the life he did live, we won’t know. It was in his plan. What is more important is the legacy and the messages he left for us. Because when we start with the man in the mirror we can heal the world.
Man In The Mirror
Of course, I wish he would still be here with us but at least…..
We Had Him
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 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 are many, each of us is achingly 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 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 ours 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.