4 April 2017

Maya Angelou's "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 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 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.

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 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 Jackson.

But we do know we had him, and we are the world.


Maya Angelou


Anengiyefa said...

Listening to this live yesterday, I was absolutely moved. I thought the words were the most beautiful.

But it wasn't these that brought my tears flowing. It was Usher and then Jermaine singing..I couldn't believe it, but I cried. I really did..

Awapointe said...

I agree Anengiyefa. And what better farewell can one ask for?

Thanks for sharing Rethabile.

missWairema said...

Beautiful... But i wouldn't expect anything else from Maya Angelou...
I also couldn't help but turn on the water works during the memorial. It was so hectic.

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