Monday, June 29, 2009

Michael Everywhere

The world could still be in shock with the death of Michael Jackson. Anywhere one goes, there's the song of the legendary King of Pop. Just yesterday, I was out doing some errands at the nearby mall, I came across and exhibit Remembering Michael Jackson; and as I check out video and music stores, they also have their share of remembering. And no one could be blamed for that; after all he's indeed a legend and for someone who remained out of the limelight for so long and would appear only to be pronounced dead at the age of 50, it is indeed a shocking truth.

I have my own view about death--and I'm now being reminded of it. Back in college, when a colleague, Cyril passed away untimely at the age of 20 (I was then 18), aside from fear and shock, I was questioning the whole thing at the back of my head. I had this thought and angst that people at a young age don't deserve to die early. Of course, in the long run, I came to accept it as it is without anyone having to tell me that it is part of reality. I felt the resentment and then went on with the whole life cycle thing. And even now, although there's no resentment, whenever I hear people die at a young age (and I still consider 50 as young ) I feel dismayed; for they could still do a lot of things. The way Michael could still be if only he wasn't called home early. Reflecting (as how my former sociology professor said) normally happens when one leaves and dies. It's a sad truth that no one remembers you not unless you are famous, you did something good or you're dead.

More than just a childhood taken away from him, his song Gone Too Soon could be a reflection of his life. Probably without him knowing it.

Like a comet
Blazing 'cross the evening sky
Gone too soon

Like a rainbow
Fading in the twinkling of an eye
Gone too soon

Shiny and sparkly
And splendidly bright
Here one day
Gone one night

Like the loss of sunlight
On a cloudy afternoon
Gone too soon

Like a castle
Built upon a sandy beach
Gone too soon

Like a perfect flower
That is just beyond your reach
Gone too soon

Born to amuse, to inspire, to delight
Here one day
Gone one night

Like a sunset
Dying with the rising of the moon
Gone too soon

(Michael Jackson photo above courtesy of Getty Images)




 

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