July 7th, 2009
02:42 PM ET

Letter from Angelou remembers Jackson

In addition to Queen Latifah's thoughts about Jackson, the actress also read a poem from Maya Angelou called "We Had Him." Angelou wrote that "he came to us from the creator, trailing creativity in abundance, despite the anguish of life he was sheafed in mother love."


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  1. Ronda Mitchell, New Zealand

    Thank You Michael for your beautiful music you shared with us......You were an idol, an inspiration and now an Angel......We love You and will always remember the imprint You left on this World......Rest in Peace Michael, You are in a better place.

    Arohanui

    July 8, 2009 at 4:12 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Catherine Corrigan, M.I. Fla

    Queen Latifah & Dame Maya's poem totally struck my heart.
    Rest now in peace Michael...sing & dance with God's angels. You too, are one of them. Thank you, for giving the world the gift of your love. You will always be missed.

    July 7, 2009 at 6:46 pm | Report abuse |
  3. janet benton gaillard

    Dr. Maya Angelou
    Tribute to Michael Jackson
    “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, piercingly alone

    Only when we confess our confusion,
    can we remember 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 not 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 stamped 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 blessed.

    And who could have said it better...

    July 7, 2009 at 6:00 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Beverly T

    What an incredible moving poem by Maya Angelou. It is a gift for it will be a beautiful tribute that can be used for funerals of beloved ones everywhere.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:49 pm | Report abuse |
  5. M in AZ

    Maya Angelou is such a wise woman. Thank you for such a moving, nonjudgemental, and thought-provoking poem.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:29 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Marie

    I believe this was a fitting memorial for Michael. His Christianity and love of mankind was celebrated. I have two moments which I will never forget – the letter from Maya A. and his daughter's farewell to her father. There can never be a more difficult moment than a daughter saying good bye to her father.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Aline Goodman

    Dame Maya, thank you for a wonderful poem! It was truly needed.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:20 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Tracy

    Thank you Dr. Angelou. What a perfect tribute. We did have him and I'm grateful he chose to share his gift, inspire so many and lift us up to experience god's blessing of love through song.

    Thank You Mr. Jackson! Now may you rest in light and serenity.

    July 7, 2009 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Josie Riddle Brookins

    As I sit in my bed watching television The Michael Jackson
    "CELEBRATION OF LIFE Memorial" I'm crying tears of joy because I know Michael is surely smiling down on us.

    Michael Jackson is truely "WALKING AROUND HEAVEN ALL DAY" this I know.

    I WLL LOVE YOU MICHAEL ALWAYS AND THANKS FOR YOU GIFT OF LIFE.

    July 7, 2009 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  10. crystal

    WE LOVE YOU MICHEAL JACKSON. R.I.P!!

    July 7, 2009 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |

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