Jun 24 2011

“Never”

Category: Photos,PoetrySeven @ 11:50 pm

"Never"

"Never"

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May 03 2011

Queen of Peace

Category: Justice,Photos,PoetrySeven @ 2:51 am

'The Pieta' by Michaelangelo

'The Pieta' by Michaelangelo in the Great Mausoleum at Forest Lawn

The poem below was sent to me with the following note: “I wrote it for the trial and I hope that those outside the courthouse feel that God is with them.” I share it with the express permission of the author.

I hope all who are trudging this long and difficult road towards even a small amount of justice for Michael and towards some semblance of closure and peace within themselves regarding his death will find solace in it.

Heavenly Mother
who has promised peace
in this frightful world
when we believe in your
blessed perfection;
Hear us.

We beg you with penance and confidence:
Grant us peace now –
Peace raining from rough, metal skies –
Peace, full-bellied and generous –
Let us reap glory from pain and dread.
Hear us.

Help us to conquer evil.
Shelter us from malicious, baying hounds,
whose teeth, grind the truth to pulp;
from fear;
from hatred for the one we love;
and bring him justice.

Lift our hearts with your holiness.
Clear paths of amity among us.
Cure the infection of lies.
Pray for us.

Ask God to send down his grace
guiding us toward righteousness
so that in our passion
we do not offend Him
and to forgive our sins of battle.

Grant us virtues that we may fight
against the sinners
who trade in honest sweat,
betray the public trust,
consume the lamb for coin, and
kill the love of Jesus.

Thou shalt not kill –
but they have
killed in envy, vanity and greed;
God’s creation.

Call the Archangel Gabriel to do God’s word,
casting from His sight
these evildoers,
worshippers of silver and ruin
and hustlers of every description.

Our faith rests with you.
Grant justice to Michael, murdered by the milk
of cunning and treachery;
cheated of decades of laughter,
growing pains,
simple moon-shiny nights,
and the joy of his labor.

Free him from the echoes of false tongues.
Deliver him from this collage of confusion.
Save him from this labyrinth of destruction.

Pray for him, Mother.
Bless his soul with your inviolate mercy; and
Bless his children, whose birthright is trust and safety in the world,
with your soft and precious hands.

©2011, Francoise Henri

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Apr 25 2011

Stranger Beneath an Empty Sky

Category: Photos,PoetrySeven @ 9:23 pm

Dark Eyed Angel

Dark-Eyed Angel

The world seems an ugly place
without Michael.
Maybe it was always ugly
but his beauty outshone it all
even when I wasn’t noticing.

You don’t appreciate the warmth of the sun
or the beauty of the moon
until they fall out of the sky.
Both fell for me on June 25th, 2009.

I only turned away for awhile
then suddenly he was gone.
The guilt and regret are searing still
and at mid-life, I’m suddenly
a stranger here without him.

How can that be after all this time?
I can’t go back and do
what I didn’t when he was alive.
I can’t paste the sun back in the sky
and pretend it’s alright.

It could never be the same but
of course his energy is in the wind,
and too many coincidences
since then.

It’s a tough test, like hanging off a cliff
and I don’t think I’ll ever
learn to feel comfortable
with his absence.

Still he is opening consciousness,
subconscious – Being.
God.
_ _ _ _ _ _ _

© 2011 Seven Bowie

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Feb 25 2011

20 months ago today, the world lost a Hero

Category: Humanitarian,MJ Quotes,Photos,Poetry,Quotes About MJ,VideosSeven @ 1:22 pm

Perhaps the best way to remember him is to remember back to February 25th in prior years:

On February 25, 1998, the megastar attended the investiture ceremony of then South Korean President, Kim Dae-jung, one of the century’s astute fighters for democracy and 2000 recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. He stayed in Seoul, South Korea from February 20 to February 27.

Kevin Sullivan, reporter of Washington Post, who met with the artist at the event, answered that the latter’s purpose for his being present at the event was because “[Jackson] praised Kim Dae-jung’s commitment to children, and he said he was considering a concert to benefit starving children in North Korea and around the world. (MJ headlined two huge concerts in June 1999, one in Seoul and one in Munich, that raised several million dollars for children’s charities.)

A day after the artist’s sudden demise, former South Korean president, Kim Dae-Jung, who, less than two months later also passed on due to a multiple organ dysfunction, said “The world has lost a hero… and Korea also lost a beloved friend, who showed continued interest and supported unification of Korean peninsula. Korean people are sad.”

Michael and Kim Dae-Jung

Michael and Kim Dae-Jung

On February 25, 1986, on accepting “Song of the Year” award next to Lionel Richie for “We Are The World“, at the 28th Grammy Awards, he makes the following brief speech:

First, I’d like to thank God, and I’d like to say thank you for choosing Lionel and myself to write “We Are The World”. I thank Quincy Jones, who was the greatest producer to me. And I also like to say, when you leave here, remember the children. Thank you.” At an ensuing press conference, he is asked about how he creates songs and to comment a little on ‘We Are The World”. “That’s one of the hardest questions to answer, because it’s a – it just comes, songs just kinda create themselves, so I don’t wanna dissect it really, just I let it happen. […] I wanted something that the whole world could sing. -Michael Jackson

My friend Samar Habib noted:

Gotta love that man. When he wrote ‘Earth Song‘ years later, he wrote it in an effort to give the whole world a song to sing, hence there were no lyrics to the chorus. Children in India, Nigeria, America, Sweden, Australia… all of them can sing the chorus to ‘Earth Song‘ because it doesn’t have any lyrics. Did someone say ‘genius’?

On February 25, 1986, at the 28th Grammy Awards from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie are honored with the "Best Song of the Year" award for "We Are The World", the relief single they wrote for the "USA For Africa" project in 1985. The song is also voted as the "Record of the Year ", an award accepted by producer Quincy Jones, joined on stage by Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick; after the speech, Michael Jackson exits the stage happily and tightly holding mentour and friend Stevie Wonder's hand. The other honors for "We Are The World" are the "Best Pop Performance By Duo or Group" and "Best Short Form Video".

On February 25, 1986, at the 28th Grammy Awards from Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California, songwriters Michael Jackson and Lionel Richie are honored with the "Best Song of the Year" award for "We Are The World", the relief single they wrote for the "USA For Africa" project in 1985. The song is also voted as the "Record of the Year ", an award accepted by producer Quincy Jones, joined on stage by Jackson, Lionel Richie, Stevie Wonder and Dionne Warwick; after the speech, Michael Jackson exits the stage happily and tightly holding mentour and friend Stevie Wonder's hand. The other honors for "We Are The World" are the "Best Pop Performance By Duo or Group" and "Best Short Form Video".

I have posted here at least couple of times about how Michael’s true passion was to do films but it seemed his dreams were always delayed or thwarted by events and/or people in his life. The following also alludes to that:

Neverland Entertainment, headed by Michael and film producer Raju Sharad Patel, announced February 25, 2002, the signing of an agreement in principal with Mark Damon’s MDP Worldwide Entertainment Inc. to enter into an investment and partnership for all of MDP’s film production.

With the investment by Neverland Entertainment, MDP will operate a new division called Neverland Pictures, which will be the production arm of MDP, and all feature films produced will carry the Neverland Pictures banner.

‘Both Raju and I love the way classic stories can be reinvented for the screen,’ Michael said in a statement. ‘My favourite movies such as Raju’s Jungle Book and Pinocchio were reimagined as major features, and were produced outside the traditional studio system. Films have always been a passion for me as a fan and as an artist and there is nothing in the world like the magic captured forever in a time capsule like motion picture images.

Michael, and Ragu Patel singing 'Neverland Entertainment' deal

Michael, and Ragu Patel signing 'Neverland Pictures' deal

Ragu Patel, Liz Taylor, Michael, and Mark Damon

Ragu Patel, Liz Taylor, Michael, and Mark Damon

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In February, 1988, Michael’s (inspirational) song, “Man in the Mirror“, in partnership with “Camp Ronald McDonald“, provided the cancer-plagued children of “Good Times” with its royalties. The same year, he delivered a performance benefiting the “United Negro College Fund” at Madison Square Garden in New York. All the funds of the concert were donated to the above-mentioned foundation.

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On February 25, 2005 : Michael goes to court to attend the last preliminary hearing before the trial starts.

On February 25, 2005 : Michael goes to court to attend the last preliminary hearing before the trial starts.

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In early 2002, Sony Music suddenly canceled its promotion of Invincible. The third single, “Butterflies” was due for release in early February, but Sony pulled the single’s commercial release for unknown reasons, much to the Michael’s dismay and bewilderment. Michael also originally wanted to release “Unbreakable” as the first single. He soon started a campaign against Sony’s abuse and had his fans’ support.

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Butterflies Single

Butterflies Single

We, unaccustomed to courage
exiles from delight
live coiled in shells of loneliness
until love leaves its high holy temple
and comes into our sight
to liberate us into life.

Love arrives
and in its train come ecstasies
old memories of pleasure
ancient histories of pain.
Yet if we are bold,
love strikes away the chains of fear
from our souls.

We are weaned from our timidity
In the flush of love’s light
we dare be brave
And suddenly we see
that love costs all we are
and will ever be.
Yet it is only love
which sets us free.

Touched by an Angel
© Maya Angelou

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Feb 20 2011

Black Daisy in a White Limousine

Category: Books,Family,Humanitarian,Photos,Poetry,VideosSeven @ 2:06 pm

Black Daisy in a White Limousine

Black Daisy in a White Limousine

Black Daisy’ is another name for Yashi Brown, Michael’s niece, Rebbi Jackson’s daughter and Austin Brown’s sister.

Yashi is a poetess, singer/songwriter and philanthropist born into the legendary Jackson family. If you haven’t heard, she and her mom Rebbie Jackson were recently featured on ABC News to not only talk about Michael’s death, but also to help raise awareness about the social stigma attached to mental illnesses such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia. Yashi is a success story and shares openly about the disorder. Contrary to popular belief, most people with such illnesses can be successfully treated now more than ever and go on to lead normal and even brilliant and extraordinary lives.

Yashi recently pointed out something of importance on her Facebook page regarding a recent report on FOX News:

I want to thank everyone for their support in helping me help others with mental health awareness which is what this is about. Its why I finally wrote my book. FOX News made an assumption in their report that should be addressed PURELY for educational reasons and none other. Bipolar disorder & schizophrenia are completely separate disorders affecting its patients in sometimes close but still different ways. In your own time familiarize yourself with them. Both illnesses have terrible stigmas that need to end because they’re both COMPLETELY treatable with many of its patients going on to lead wonderful, brilliant, and successful lives. We need to hear more about those stories. For those curious I happen to be bipolar type 1 and talking, ending stigma, showing love and compassion will help save many people save themselves. Keep smilin and spreading the word! -Yashi Brown

Yashi is a living example for others and is bravely confronting the negative stigma attached to these illnesses in at least two important ways: creatively and via public education. Her website says she is “Currently working on her own documentary which chronicles her personal journey and exposes some controversial arguments with mental illness and the medical field, Yashi demonstrates how her support system of family, friends, poetry and music are the keys to her success.”

Herself and mom Rebbie also work with several national organizations which deal with suicide prevention, the teen school dropout problem, and of course educational programs about mental illness. One of those is called ‘Breaking the Silence‘.  One of the first things you will see on the ‘Breaking the Silence‘ site are some of the things that adolescent students learn about mental illness:

• It is biology, not a character flaw, that causes mental illness.
• Mental illness has never been more treatable
• The warning signs of mental illness
• How to overcome the stigma that surrounds mental illness

On January 27th, 2011, Yashi released a book of poetry called ‘Black Daisy in a White Limousine: 77 Poems: The Art of Life, Love & Family’. The book is a collection of poems eloquently chronicling life’s triumphs and challenges. Yashi says “The poems date back to when I was in my teens to now. You can see some of the emotional changes and you get a sense of the true honest expression of all the things I’ve experienced with life, with family, love and all of that.”

I have downloaded a copy and have to tell you from what I’ve read thus far, the poems are emotionally accessible and rich with extraordinary meaning and beauty. The book is also available on Kindle and in paperback.

You can join hosts Yashi Brown and Poetri on Wednesday March 2nd 2011 at 7:30 p.m. for POP (‘People of Poetry‘) open mic and spoken word event. Details here. If you can’t make it the show will be streamed live on http://www.poetri.com

I know her Uncle Michael would be very proud of Yashi and of course there is at least one poem dedicated to him in her book. I won’t share all of it here but I will share some snips of this one.

Genius is Love

Some things are right in front of us
But we laugh
Snicker, mock
Joke and argue
Making fun Finding humor and hilarity
Wanting an imposter in purity
Finding intrigue in the glossy metal of a barrel
Pow pow!! Pop! Pop!
Human beings just don‟t know where to stop stop
Too jaded to believe in anything
Casting our gory realities
On innocence
Yes if anything you were molested by society
Many claim a dark mystery
But you weren’t
With you it was always in your music
With you it was always in your words
Just listen
Sometimes I cry at its simplicity
It was in your melody
Your perfect pitch
It was in your tone
It was your love of expression
It was your home
The only thing as a young boy
That you had ever known
You knew you were chosen and wanted to share
Maybe touch somebody’s life because you knew
How song, how much emotion really cares
You were truth You were real
You didn’t care to mar
Yes, one upon a time you lashed out with your art
Feeling targeted
Because you were so wounded by humanity

. . .

Genius – the elusive power
The most coveted spot
From all around and above
Is powered only by love
All force takes part
Love doesn‟t discriminate but a divine cycle
These truths as a child were powered only by you
Uncle Michael

© 2011, Yashi Brown

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