Friday, October 7, 2011

From the Archives: I Heart Michael Jackson

People around the world will be celebrating Michael Jackson's life and creative achievements tomorrow during a tribute concert in Wales, so I thought I would take this opportunity to honor him in my own small way. He has been an inspiration to me for almost as long as I can remember, and I'm thankful that his music is still on the radio so that my two young girls know at least a little bit about him.

It turns out that I kept just about everything I ever owned or created during my own childhood, so for fun on this Poetry Friday I dug up a poem I wrote about Michael Jackson many years ago. Unfortunately, I didn't date the little poetry book in which I found the poem, but I'm pretty sure I created it during my upper elementary school years. Hopefully you will be able to tell from the poem how much I adored Michael Jackson when I was young. He was a powerful performer, musician, singer, and dancer, and to this day I am in awe of his artistic genius...

Today's Poetry Friday round-up is being held at Great Kid Books. Drop by if you are in the mood for some more poetry!


  1. Awww, brimming with such childlike sweetness and joy and admiration. I love his "Man in the Mirror" and "Have you seen my childhood?" - heartbreaking.

    Oh yeah, I've read Patricia Polacco's Junkyard Wonders - I'm posting a review for Nonfiction Monday. Thanks for letting me know about that lovely book. :)

  2. Thanks, Myra. I think I might have even mailed this poem to him. I was a big fan! So happy you found and liked Junkyard Wonders. Can't wait to read your review!

  3. Wow -- amazing that you kept that. Great penmanship! Thanks for sharing!

  4. Hi, Steven. Yep, found it...and a lot more a bunch of old boxes that my mother kindly delivered to me once my husband and I bought a house a few years ago. Wish I could say my penmanship was still the same. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Oh, Kerry, that is hysterical! I can't believe you found this (of all things) after all those years. Fantastic!

  6. Thanks, Brooke. It was in this little book that included a whole bunch of poems I wrote. You should see the one I wrote about my brothers way back then. Not quite as flattering. Ha ha!

  7. Hi Kerry,
    I was wondering if you had an email where I can contact you in regards to reviewing picture books.


  8. Hi, Ashley. Sure. You can reach me at karadhya [at] gmail [dot] com.


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