Michael Jackson not only was a singer, dancer, composer, and actor: the King of Pop‘s intellectual legacy has received little to no attention.
In his poetry collection Dancing The Dream, Michael states his worldview: “Consciousness expresses itself through creation. This world we live in is the dance of the creator,” Michael writes in the titular poem Dancing The Dream.
Find the child inside you
The musician processes his own experiences in the two-part poem Magical Child: It is about a child who was born into freedom. Soon, however, other people entered the scene and saw the child’s mysterious charisma, which they could not handle, as a danger. They wanted to rob the child of his courage, feed his fear, and destroy his miracle through intrigue. But in the second part of the poem it becomes evident: those people were not successful. The attacks from outside made the Magical Child more brave and courageous than ever before.
In the light of Michael Jackson’s biography, which was marked by creation-inhibiting intrigues in many phases of his life, the poem’s punch line shines: “I am that child, but so are you / You’ve just forgotten, just lost the clue (…) Deep inside you know it’s true / Just find that child, it’s hiding inside you.“
Elephants teach humanity a lesson
MJ also addresses what humans can learn from elephants: Once an elephant falls down, it can usually never get up again because of its weight. That’s why an elephant stands its whole life, even while sleeping.
Michael does not see it as purely natural that this is the case: In his view, elephants decided eons ago never to fall down and thus to be an example to humans.
When elephants observed the anger and fear of the first humans, they were horrified, but already knew that the human race would inherit the planet. By being constantly in motion, elephants show humans what life means: “Dawn after dawn, age after age, the herds march on, one great mass of life that never falls down, an unstoppable force of peace.”
In Michael’s eyes, there is a message in every tread of the mighty elephants: “Watch, learn, love. Watch, learn love.“
Michael’s profound thoughts don’t spare love: “It’s like a bar of soap in the bathtub – you have it in your hand until you hold on too tight.”
Michael speaks of love as the energy that defines him and his art.
The Berlin Wall
At the same time, the King of Pop talks about the goal of his work: he wants people – young and old alike – to find the child who is hiding inside them. Michael sees the fact that many adults never had a childhood as the cause of human alienation taking hold all over the world.
The exceptional artist does not miss the opportunity to write about historical events: The Berlin Wall taught people a lesson, he writes: “If you want to build for eternity, don’t bother with stones. Hatred, fear and distrust are so much stronger.“
But then people reconsidered: after all, on the other side were grandparents, siblings and spouses. “A million hearts had found each other. The Wall had fallen before it came down.“
Michael’s works in his book Dancing The Dream are adorned by various photos: sometimes they are professionally taken portraits, sometimes they are snapshots. One sees the King of Pop dancing, reflecting, singing and together with children, with whom he had a special relationship throughout his life: Michael dedicated his work, his music and his success to those generations who in the future will decide what will become of the world. The numerous photos and paintings that show him in the presence of children bear witness to this.
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The source of the article is Michael’s book “Dancing The Dream”.
Cover picture: Michael Jackson during the Dangerous tour in 1992 in Monza, Italy, © Daniele Dalledonne, taken from Wikimedia Commons