Aug 24 2011

On the Death of a Beloved

Category: Photos,PoetrySeven @ 11:40 pm



by John O’Donohue

Though we need to weep your loss,
You dwell in that safe place in our hearts,
Where no storm or might or pain can reach you.

Your love was like the dawn
Brightening over our lives
Awakening beneath the dark
A further adventure of colour.

The sound of your voice
Found for us
A new music
That brightened everything.

Whatever you enfolded in your gaze
Quickened in the joy of its being;
You placed smiles like flowers
On the altar of the heart.
Your mind always sparkled
With wonder at things.

Though your days here were brief,
Your spirit was live, awake, complete.

We look towards each other no longer
From the old distance of our names;
Now you dwell inside the rhythm of breath,
As close to us as we are to ourselves.

Though we cannot see you with outward eyes,
We know our soul’s gaze is upon your face,
Smiling back at us from within everything
To which we bring our best refinement.

Let us not look for you only in memory,
Where we would grow lonely without you.
You would want us to find you in presence,
Beside us when beauty brightens,
When kindness glows
And music echoes eternal tones.

When orchids brighten the earth,
Darkest winter has turned to spring;
May this dark grief flower with hope
In every heart that loves you.

May you continue to inspire us:

To enter each day with a generous heart.
To serve the call of courage and love
Until we see your beautiful face again
In that land where there is no more separation,
Where all tears will be wiped from our mind,
And where we will never lose you again.

...cut him out in little stars...

...cut him out in little stars...

When he shall die, take him and cut him out in little stars,
and he will make the face of heaven so fine
that all the world will be in love with night
and pay no worship to the garish sun.

-William Shakespeare, Romeo and Juliet

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{ Thanks to my friend Room Downstairs for combining the John O’Donohue poem with the perfect portrait of Michael  – Seven}

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16 Responses to “On the Death of a Beloved”

  1. Sarah says:

    Amazing! It’s like the poem by John Donohue was written for MJ himself..the words suit so prefectly! This was all put together very well..Gerri’s beautifully apt moon imagery combined with Shakespeare . Thank you.

  2. Cindy H. says:

    Thank you……Missing Michael so very much. Time is not healing the ache or weakening the tears. He Should Still Be Here <3

  3. Denise Majette says:

    God Bless all of you for the Gifts He bestowed upon you to share with all who need to affirm the same sentiments and be together in heartfelt expression of Love for A Man So Beloved and Missed.
    I Thank God you are here.

  4. nessie says:

    Yes, Gerri, your reading of your poem was just perfectly lovely and loving…very comforting :-), and thank you Seven for presenting this sweet little package that is making all who peek in feel so good!

  5. Anne says:

    Wherever he is, I’m sure Michael will appreciate.

  6. daniela says:

    Simple Wonderful……!

  7. Seven says:

    Thank YOU Gerri, for your poem/reading! As a fellow poet and writer myself, I understand the power of words to reflect the content of heart & soul.

  8. Gerri Stone says:

    Dear Seven,

    First of all, thank you for posting my video on your website. Your site has been a source of many positive, amazing stories about Michael, and how his presence impacted (and still impacts) our world. I am honored to have my video be a part.

    Second, thank you for pairing my video and poem with that incredibly beautiful poem by John O’Donohue. Oh my God… the lines in his poem echo the very sentiments that inspired me to write mine. How Michael was someone who brightened our lives with the light and joy of his music, generosity and enormous talent.

    ‘Your love was like the dawn,
    brightening our days…

    The sound of your voice
    finding for us
    a new music.’
    J O’Donohue

    ‘Because Michael was like the gentle
    invisible power of the moon.

    His voice, like the moon, moving the
    tides of emotions within us.’
    G. Stone

    As someone who writes and reads poems, it never ceases to amaze me how in a few lines or phrases, a poem can capture so many of the powerful emotions we are feeling in a way that goes straight to our heart, breaking it wide open.

    Thank you, Room, for putting this together, and thank you Seven for posting it here to share with all of us who love and miss our Beloved Michael.

    Gerri Stone

  9. BlueLotus says:

    Really lovely. Thank u.

  10. Paula says:

    Seven, so beautiful. I just came from the TMZ site (I do not know why I go there) and there is so much hate spewed there against Michael Jackson that I cannot believe it. And now the prosecution has to fight to keep the molestation charges out of the trial of Conrad Murray – what in the world does that have to do with anything? This will be a trial with Michael as the prosecuted – I feel sick when I think of it… it is such a treat to come to this website…thank you again!

  11. carina for mjj says:

    Thank you Seven for this. What more can I say.

  12. Joyce says:

    So very beautiful! I don’t think there are words to describe the emotions that I feel while reading this incredible poem, so perfectly describing our most beloved Michael Jackson.
    I especially love the verse that begins with “Let us not look for you only in Memory…”
    It is in the beauty of everyday simple pleasures and inspirations such as a welcome cool breeze on a humid day, a new rose bud, a lovely sunset, a spectactular lightening display, a babies smile as I wait in line at the grocery store, … all of these and more cause me to feel Michael’s presence every day!
    The pictures are breathtaking as always and go perfectly with the verse from Romeo and Juliet that is so lovingly read in the video clip by Gerri Stone.
    Thank you Seven for once again providing a wonderful moment of inspiration! Michael will continue to inspire me, as the last line of the poem reads “Until we see your beautiful face again in that land… where we will never lose you again.”

  13. AppleheadsFan says:

    …Thank YOU, Seven
    Bleassings Peace & Love

  14. Susan says:

    Dear Seven:

    Beautiful… 26 months or 26 years .. the pain of losing Michael will never diminish. Thank you, Seven, for all you do.

  15. Susan Trout says:

    The enchanting light that illuminates Michael melds so beautifully with Shakespeare’s words…..”he will make the face of heaven so fine that all the world will be in love with night and pay no worship to the garish sun.” I see Michael looking into the face of God, giving thanks for allowing him to be the vessel through which the divine flows. I adore the poem by John O’Donohue, The last four lines are like a loving embrace, an uplifting caress–sweetly reminding us that he resides in that place where there are no tears and where we will never be separated from him again. What comforting words!

    Thank you, Seven and Tori.

  16. Dialdancer says:

    Why does this feeling, this thought “he can’t be gone” grow stronger?