Piyali Dasgupta Saha's  Emotional Farewell to MJ

Not Mourning, but....

Celeberating the King of Pop

MJ when he visited Ronald Reagan in White House


As I sit here watching Michael’s funeral live on TV, I only wonder about one thing. Why are we humans so selfish? Why can’t we even be humane?

“Honours, Memoirs, Memorabilia’s, Epithets and Tributes are great for a person but what good are they when we actually forsake the same person when he was alive and kicking.

Yes the world is mourning, shrouded in gloom. Yes Ok, at least some of his friends have been loyal and did not outcast him. His fans could not  do much.

But, what about all those friends and family, some of whom are on this stage right now, at his funeral giving sermons and singing songs of his greatness, love and entertainment,  where were all of them, all this while, when he was all alone!

Michael Jackson was lonely, abused, tormented, insecure, in pain and anguish, suffered tribulation and fought with disease for the longest time possible.

Why then in those times, no one was really around and showed him their love for him?

I feel so angry that we can seldom value, realize and cherish people when they are still around. I mean I am not here to give a sermon myself, but I am appalled.

Forget all those messages about love, compassion and patience, all I want to say is; let’s accept each other more openly, as a package - with inherent strengths and weaknesses, without judging, with a pinch of salt and sugar. Only then real love can flourish, give hope to each other and help our virtues overpower our flaws, sorrows and fears.

Death for me is not to be mourned. 

When we live a life creating value, then death is just the conclusion of a cycle. Probably, start of a new journey. Why can’t we support each other to live such a life.

I am shaking my life of this limbo. Death is not going to be mourning; it has to be a celebration. Michael’s death is such a juncture, confirmation and learning in my life. Everyday I am going to try and embrace more people, new objects, ideas and beliefs - most importantly all my loved ones with all their uniquenesses and specialiaties.  

MJ said “I want to be loved as a person not as a personality”. Let’s all learn from this.

For me, these lines from Michael’s song capture it all…

“Hold me
 Like the River Jordan
And I will then say to thee
You are my friend

Carry me
Like you are my brother
Love me like a mother
Will you be there?

When weary
Tell me will you hold me
When wrong, will you mold me
When lost will you find me

But they told me
A man should be faithful
And walk when not able
And fight till the end
But I'm only human

Everyone's taking control of me
Seems that the world's
Got a role for me
I'm so confused
Will you show to me
You'll be there for me
And care enough to bear me

(Hold me)
(Lay your head lowly)
(Softly then boldly)
(Carry me there)

(Hold me)
(Love me and feed me)
(Kiss me and free me)
(I will feel blessed)

(Carry me boldly)
(Lift me up slowly)
(Carry me there)

(Save me)
(Heal me and bathe me)
(Softly you say to me)
(I will be there)

(Lift me)
(Lift me up slowly)
(Carry me boldly)
(Show me you care)

(Hold me)
(Lay your head lowly)
(Softly then boldly)
(Carry me there)

(Need me)
(Love me and feed me)
(Kiss me and free me)
(I will feel blessed)

In our darkest hour
In my deepest despair
Will you still care?
Will you be there?
In my trials
And my tribulations
Through our doubts
And frustrations
In my violence
In my turbulence
Through my fear
And my confessions
In my anguish and my pain
Through my joy and my sorrow
In the promise of
Another tomorrow
I'll never let you part
For you're always in my heart



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