Moonwalk


A story about Neverland
He's quiet as his mother reads
His sisters cry, his brothers stand
From in the dark, his father pleads

He's quiet as his mother reads
The words begin to form a song
From in the dark, his father pleads
He asks if he could dance along

The words begin to form a song
The melody begins to burn
He asks if he could dance along
He rises, makes a single turn

The melody begins to burn
He's walking backwards, not a glance
He rises, makes a single turn
He's crucified the lord of dance

He's walking backwards, not a glance
Afraid to stop, afraid of joy
He's crucified the lord of dance
In the mirror he sees the boy

Afraid to stop, afraid of joy
His world is broken, out of place
In the mirror he sees the boy
Up close he finds he has his face

His world is broken, out of place
From in the dark, his father pleads
Up close he finds he has his face
He's quiet as his mother reads

From in the dark, his father pleads
His sisters cry, his brothers stand
He's quiet as his mother reads
A story about Neverland


14 comments:

  1. From Wikipedia: "The pantoum is a form of poetry similar to a villanelle. It is composed of a series of quatrains; the second and fourth lines of each stanza are repeated as the first and third lines of the next... The pantoum is derived from the pantun, a Malay verse form - specifically from the pantun berkait, a series of interwoven quatrains."

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  2. Strangely, although this poem has so much sadness, I can almost hear it sung by MJ himself.
    The pantoum form is so appropriate in that the repetition is reflective of Michael's continuous efforts to enhance or remake himself.

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  3. Your words reflect MJ strongly from the artist he was to his moonwalking to being surrounding by his brothers and sisters. Beautifully executed. Hope all is well. Have a great night.

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  4. I'm not sure how to put this. It's almost as if you captured a lullaby of Michael Jackson that trancends him. Just as Michael did with his music. I don't quite have the right words. So very lovely

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  5. Hi Sam, lovely tribute...yes as u write, he is the lord of dance..i write in Tamil..may be will translate and post it in my blog...

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  6. I came here from twitter to read your poem. I'm happy you found me there because I really enjoy your poetry.

    This piece is beautiful and I like especially the form, the pantoum. It seems natural, not as forced as other forms like the villanelle tend to seem. But I think the real beauty in this comes from the phrases you chose to repeat. "He's quiet as his mother reads" I think will forever be in my head.

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  7. WOW. This is such an amazing tribute, and it expresses Michael in such a beautiful way. I feel his voice and his dance within this piece. WONDERFUL...

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  8. A most appropriate poetic form to gift the memory of a sensitive, confused and misunderstood musical genius.

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  9. Full link -
    http://semaphore1.blogspot.com/2009/07/moonwalk.html
    Short link -
    http://bit.ly/s4moonwalk

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  10. Awesome poem. Favorite line: "He's crucified the lord of dance."

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  11. "Moonwalk" is now included in the book "Goodbye Billie Jean: The Meaning of Michael Jackson", edited by Lorette Luzajic, and released this month - http://bit.ly/s4gbyeMJ.

    Contributors to the volume have a diverse voice, and include a Pulitzer Prize winner, a TV host, a friend of Michael Jackson's, and many others. I am honoured and humbled to be included in this anthology.

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  12. When I first read goodbye Billie Jean in it's entirety this was immediately my favourite piece in there. It's nice to find your home on the web and read more of your beautiful poetry.

    Carolyn Parsons aka Breeze
    www.breezedaze@blogspot.com

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