"We Had Him"
by Dr. Maya Angelou

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 interest that we learn that Michael is gone we know nothing
No clocks can tell our 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 creativing and 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 by his passion
Because he held nothing
He gave us all he had been given
today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower
in Gana's Black star Square
In Johannesburg and Pittsburgh
in Birmingham, Alabama and Birmingham, England
We are missing Michael Jackson
But we do know we had him,
And we are the world...
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