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There are lots of comments from readers on different websites about how musical Aberjhani’s poetry can be and at least a couple of the poems in his book I Made My Boy Out of Poetry are about music. There’s a couple like that in Elemental too and the name of his novel, Christmas When Music Almost Killed the World, tells us a lot about the writer’s relationship to music. But what I don’t remember seeing anywhere is anything about Michael Jackson exactly. If I had, then the poems, blogs, and articles he wrote after Michael Jackson’s death wouldn’t have been so surprising. The way it played out though it was like a major thing because he went from looking at the singer as a creative artist peer of his generation to checking out his role as a “cheerful giver” who gave to charities and communities all over the world.

This phenomenal musical genius obviously lit something in Quotable Poet Aberjhani and inspired some of his most powerful work in 2009. I don’t say that just because the pieces read very strong, I say it because people from different countries responded to them in different languages and some translated his blogs into other languages too, and that says a lot.

“While the vast majority of those in our peer group at age eleven or twelve were at home evenings studying for a quiz in school the next day or building up nerve to steal a first kiss, Michael Jackson was working––working in clubs, working in theaters, working on television, working in concert halls, working working working his ass off. On how many continents, and in how many countries, was that child a stranger in a strange land? Yet one who repeatedly channeled gifts of song and dance and love to bring respites of celebrated joy to the aggravated lives of others?”
––from To Walk a Lifetime in Michael Jackson’s Moccasins

Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (II)

“And the dream we were conceived in will reveal a joyful face,
and the world we once believed in will shine again in grace.”
–Michael Jackson from Heal the World

Your lungs must have been
two harps for the way they flowed
music through your skin.

By Aberjhani
© August 2009

“It’s hard to think of Michael Jackson as having been a baby boomer because nothing defined him quite so much as his music, and his music possesses the eternal quality of genius that makes all superior art timeless, ageless, and endlessly compelling. But a baby boomer he was, born August 29, 1958, and now gone so soon to his rest June 25, 2009.”
––from To Walk a Lifetime in Michael Jackson’s Moccasins

“What is so odd when it comes to public discussions of Jackson’s legacy is how few comments one hears about the monies the singer worked for and donated to dozens of charities around the globe… Jackson was a true citizen of the world, a globetrotting moonwalking philanthropist if you will, and the hands he opened to one segment of humanity did not close when he encountered another.”
–– from Legacies of a Globetrotting Moonwalking Philanthropist (Part 1)

“A horn of plenty
spills from your hands into the
starved lives of millions.”
–– from Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (I)

“While investigations surrounding the death of Michael Jackson steadily progressed and media frenzy over different facets of his life continued, the great entertainer and philanthropist himself was laid to rest September 3, 2009, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Glendale, California.”
––from A Moonwalking Giant Lies Down to Rest (Part 1)

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“Of all the tributes to Michael Jackson over the past couple of months, two of the most loudly applauded came during the MTV Video Awards. The show opened with a kind of post-eulogy from the reigning “Queen of Pop,” Madonna, who said Jackson was a ‘hero’ whose creative finesse endowed others with the ability to believe in their own potential. In a presentation that was personal throughout, she also went on record with the one statement most celebrities connected to Jackson have managed to avoid. She recalled, upon learning about his death, the following: ‘All I could think about in that moment was I had abandoned him, that we had abandoned him. That we had allowed this magnificent creature who once set the world on fire to slip through the cracks.’”
–– from The World Lets Go While Holding on to Michael Jackson (Part 1): The Moonwalk Continues

you banished with a moonwalk…
danced hate into joy.”
–– from Notes for an Elegy in the Key of Michael (I)

“If Michael Jackson’s life was one that helped to define a musical era ranging from the late 1960s to the New Millennium, his death, now ruled as a homicide, has become one of the definitive events of 2009. It was the one occurrence to halt the intense nonstop media scrutiny of U.S. President Barack Obama’s every utterance, whether official or personal, and gesture. Jackson’s legacy—like that of Jimi Hendrix, Sam Cooke, Judy Garland, and others before him–will remain an influential one for decades and possibly centuries to come.”
––from A Moonwalking Giant Lies Down to Rest (Part 2)

“A lot of tabloids, magazines, websites, radio stations, entertainment personalities, and retail chains made tons of good hard cash peddling before the world what they presented as Michael Jackson’s eccentricities and possible moral failings. Perhaps now that he has left the stage for the last time, they can pay a bit of that forward by leaning in the opposite direction and honoring the brilliance of his dynamic artistry, the beauty of his dazzling creative passion, and the simple sincerity––however wounded it may have been––of his love for his fellow human beings.”
––from To Walk a Lifetime in Michael Jackson’s Moccasins

“…where Michael Jackson himself is concerned, if the purpose of a legacy is to help make the world a richer, more fulfilling, and more humane place than it was during one’s lifetime, he can rest in peace knowing he did exactly that.”
––from Legacies of a Globetrotting Moonwalking Philanthropist (Part 2)