"From Your Being I Was Born"

In honor of this Mother’s Day, I went back to Michael’s amazing and beautiful book “Dancing The Dream” for this poem dedicated to his mother Katherine.

People can say what they will about Katherine Jackson, but some things can’t be denied. Katherine is one tough lady-a woman who raised nine children, and buried two. When Michael was very little, she took a job at a department store in downtown Gary, Indiana to help feed and clothe her family. The job often required her to work late nights and to walk home through some of the worst Gary winters, late at night through some of the town’s worst neighborhoods, and in defiance of the town curfew that required all African-Americans to be off the downtown streets after 6pm.

She lovingly sewed by hand all of the bright, colorful, matching stage outfits that Michael and his brothers wore as The Jackson 5.

During Michael’s trial in 2005, she was there by his side every single day, even if it meant having to hear hideous lies about her son that no mother should ever have to endure.

At the Conrad Murray trial, she was once again there every day other than the week she was in Wales for the tribute concert, and once again having to sit through the most gruesome details of her son’s homicide and death.

Now in her 80’s, an age at which most women are either in nursing homes or peacefully enjoying their sunset years, she is raising Michael’s three children and setting for them the same example of strength that she did for their father.

A couple of lines that always stand out to me in this poem: One is the line that says, “You taught me how to stand and fight/for every single wrong and right.” Another is “From your being I was born.”

Michael, an amazing man, could not have been so without having been born from an amazing woman.

 

Mother by Michael Jackson
Eons of time I’ve been gestating
To take a form been hesitating
From the unmanifest this cosmic conception
On this earth a fantastic reception
And then one fateful August morn
From your being I was born
With tender love you nurtured a seed
To your own distress you paid no heed
Unmindful of any risk and danger
You decided upon this lonely stranger

Rainbows, clouds, the deep blue sky
Glittering birds that fly on high
Out of fragments you’ve made my whole
From the elements you fashioned my soul
Mother dear, you gave me life
Because of you, no struggle or strife
You gave me joy and position
Cared for me without condition
And if I ever change this world
It’s from the emotions you’ve unfurl’d
Your compassion is so sweet and dear
Your finest feelings I can hear
I can sense your faintest notion
The wondrous magic of your love potion

And now that I have come so far
Met with every king and czar
Encountered every color and creed
Of every passion, every greed
I go back to that starry night
With not a fear for muscle or might
You taught me how to stand and fight
For every single wrong and right
Every day without a hold
I will treasure what you’ve mold
I will remember every kiss
Your sweet words I’ll never miss
No matter where I go from here
You’re in my heart, my mother dear.

"You taught me how to stand and fight For every single wrong and right"

18 thoughts on “"From Your Being I Was Born"”

  1. Raven what a touching tribute, and so is Michaels poem to his mom.
    Whenever I have a difficult task to finish or just everyday worries, I always think of her. Imagine to see your child become the most popular person in the world and then the backlash of it.
    There is no one else in the world in her position.
    Ive noticed that whenever there is something negative concerning Michael, people always blame his parents or how he was raised. But never the other way round.
    Michaels beautiful persona and what he became as an artist and a humanitarian is just as much the outcome of Katherines nature and nurture.and I would like to commend her for that. Well done !

  2. They looked so much like each other when they were both younger!

    So beautiful inside and out, both mother and son.

    Michael’s captivating eyes, so gorgeous that they are effectively intimidating …

  3. The new movie Rock of Ages includes an unfunny reference to Michael Jackson’s skin in the promos shown on television. Please everyone, let them know what you think of this disrespect on the Facebook page and at TomCruise.com

    1. I haven’t seen this, Simba! What exactly did they say? I looked through the Rock of Ages Facebook page but did not see the offending comment in question. I haven’t seen the TV promo (not yet, anyway). I did see where other fans had left comments (mostly under the Mary J. Blige link). Since this movie is all about the 80’s, I’m guessing it was some tasteless joke about MJ still being “black” instead of “white.” I really don’t even have to see the promo to figure what was probably said. That’s the sad part.

      Anyway, here is the link to the FB page (from there, you can also link to the Tom Cruise page):

      http://www.facebook.com/RockofAges

      OT, but isn’t Tom Cruise a little old to be playing an 80’s rock star? Unless he’s supposed to be an ageing rocker trying to make a comeback, lol.

      ETA: Found a good discussion of the controversy over the promo ad here:

      http://www.amazon.com/forum/michael%20jackson?_encoding=UTF8&cdForum=Fx11O5ZOFFEMUQ4&cdThread=TxZT4114ZW3KG8

  4. Thank you so much for this Raven. Truly, Michael would not have been the man he is without the love and tenderness that Katherine showered over him, and his siblings. Just raising one child is an accomplishment. Imagine nine! She is deserving of our respect and love. God bless you always Katherine Jackson. HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY!

  5. Ah Raven! What a beautiful post…u beautifully summarised the “essence” of Katherine Jackson. It sank only now how she wud have felt listening to those lies(all this while I only thought of Michael)…I am a mother and shudder…and yes the days of Gary…

    U know Raven, these days one of the most popular actors in India has started a new TV show called…Satyamev Jayte (Victory of truth). Every Sunday he brings into focus an issue that plagues India…first week it was “female infanticide” and this Sunday it was “Child abuse”. The show makes you want to stand up and put your shoulder to the wheel. I think of Michael often….he wud hv cried buckets if he had seen it. And this show certainly seems to have an impact. I wish it would have been possible for Michael to anchor a show like that (although I know he did not like TV as medium) but TV has such a mass appeal. Americans were cynical of him, I guess it wud have been impossible for him even before 1993 :-/ One thing stuck me as well…even though this actor I am talking about is so popular in a land of 1.3 billion people…yet this man can interact with people without being a prisoner….people and press respect his right to freedom.
    And finally, during one TV panel discussion about this show one person in the panel remembered Michael Jackson’s contribution to social causes…I was so happy!

    1. Michael did so much that went under the radar as well. I don’t think the full extent of his charitable work will ever be completely known.

      But it sounds as though this show is doing a great job of bringing to light these major national issues.

  6. Aw, lovely post. Thank you for posting it!

    Even Paris said Happy Mother’s Day on Twitter yesterday, and she posted a photo of her as a baby with Debbie and Michael. Very sweet. 🙂

  7. @ Blue lotus …oh..are u an indian? I feel so good when i see any indian loving michael so much…. I feel i’m not alone….really..i would love to meet an indian mjfam member one day…..nd yeah..satyamev jayate is really an eye opener….an amazing show…nd where did u see michael being mentiond…coz i didnt see d 2nd episode coz i cldnt take it wht dey said…..nd at last happy mothers day to katherine….thanks for giving us michael.

    1. @nk Yes, me an Indian…glad to meet u too 🙂 At times, I hv wanted nothing more but to hug a MJ fan and just cry…of God I hv wanted it really bad esp. during the earlier days when the pain was raw. Where do u stay? If u wud like to connect with me feel free to mail me @ godsbluelotus@yahoo.com.

      And that MJ ref. was in a NDTV news panel show not part of SJ show itself and pls see it, it may be painful but it is a raw reality and we can no longer pretend that it doesn’t happen. 1 out 2 children in India has been a victim of child abuse across social segments. And the program does a workshop with kids in the end, which may help prevent abuse and give kids the confidence of speaking out and not suffer in silence. If you have kids of ur own or of ur relatives n ur friends, u can help them by practising this workshop with them.

      God Bless!

    1. Thanks for posting this. I had seen parts of the interview, but not in its entirety. Apparently Katherine is still sincerely under the impression that Jordan came forward and confessed. I really wish someone would advise her to stop saying that. It doesn’t serve in Michael’s best interest to simply be repeating internet hoaxes as “fact”-no matter how much we wish it were true! For that matter, bringing up the allegations when Katherine is interviewed on these shows serves no purpose whatsoever. They know by now what she’s going to say, and why put an elderly mother through that again? For the fans, these questions are simply heartwrenching, and for the doubters, they clarify nothing. It’s clear that Katherine really doesn’t know anything regarding those cases (other than the same, general details we all know) and the doubters will simply say, Well, she’s his mother, of course she believes he was innocent! I just think any discussions of the allegations should be saved for when they have persons with actual knowledge and expertise of the cases, like Thomas Mesereau. They should NOT ask these questions of Michael’s family, and especially not his mother. There are plenty of other interesting topics that could be discussed-the little things about Michael that only a mother would know, or how the kids are doing, etc.

      On the positive side, I was glad to see that most of the interview was spent discussing Michael’s artwork. Even though as a fan I had already seen most of the pieces they discussed, I’m sure many have not.

  8. Raven, I watched both interviews with Morgan, first the brothers and then Mrs. Jackson. As a mother, my heart goes out to her. If I myself, a stranger to Michael, still am so swept up by the loss of him, I can only imagine her grief. I don’t want to toss cold water on this issue but I have concerns that Mrs. Jackson is unaware that the Estate has filed suit against Livingston-Strong and Tohme Tohme basically for theft of art, as the manner in which L-S came into possession of the art (i.e., a letter signed by Tohme under a “power of attorney” from Michel in November 2008 saying Michael wanted L-S to have it, a letter without Michael’s signature, btw) is being challenged by the Estate. And for L-S to say on the Morgan interview that Michael wanted to sell his art to build a wedding chapel in Las Vegas (?) makes L-S’s claim all the more specious, IMO. Only a small portion of the interview, however, was spent discussing Michael’s art. Morgan, in his usual fashion, peppered Mrs. Jackson with upsetting questions. I hope the Estate obtains the artwork back for Michael’s three children.

  9. @Raven, whoops, I also meant to mention I was so taken back by the lack of a legal representative at Mrs. Jackson’s side during this interview. She has a very high profile legal battle in full swing against AEG, so why would her attorney not be present in public interviews. She might have been protected from questions leading to her statement about Jordan’s imaginary apology. And I feel at any time (with proper guidance and preparation) she could have turned the conversation to Michael’s charitable and philanthropic endeavors. In retrospect it seems this interview was intended to be all about L-S’ questionable art promotion.
    @sanemjfan, thank you for the videos.

    1. I agree. I cringed when the question was asked about the possibility of other peoples’ involvement in his death besides Murray. I know she has the lawsuit pending with AEG and, of course, we all know her feelings on this as they have been stated many times. I was so afraid Morgan would trip her up and get her to discuss matters that legally cannot be discussed with this case pending. She really does need a legal representative present before doing interviews.

  10. Really, I don’t know why the people keep asking the same questions over and over again. Don’t they ever get fed up! Katherine should put up a condition for future interviews that q’s about false charges, trial and unfounded drug abuse will not be put up. And Morgan was not allowing L-S to answer the questions…

    I donno but I would love to have that monument that MIke conceived become a reality…a modern chapel for fans to get married in! 🙂

  11. Sorry but I’m in the minority here who can’t see how a mother could allow her child to be oiled down, stripped and beaten and not put a stop to it once and for all. Of course, all the Jackson boys and Katherine sugar coated the ‘discipline’ issue. Michael was clearly impacted by the abuse he received by his father…almost to the point of tears on Oprah. She should have left him at the first beating–even if it meant welfare and/or moving in with relatives. Better their undamaged psyche than fame and fortune.

    Don’t get me wrong– I am all for corporal punishment as far as spanking goes, but there is a difference between spanking and beating. You spank if a child is running into a street or doing something else that could hurt them seriously. You don’t hit or beat if they miss a dance step.

    I do agree with one thing Mrs Jackson said about discipline– there is not enough today because parents are afraid the kids will call 911 and report them to DCFS. Now kids are running wild, bullying and killing each other and their parents. Total lack of respect for authority.

    But I know Michael loved her, so I will try to cut her some slack, but she didn’t help matters when she said his nose looked like a toothpick on national TV to Oprah of all people. Just feeding the tabloid fire of multiple surgeries which I am sure boosted Os ratings.

    1. About the toothpick remark: It seems to me none of the Jacksons are particularly articulate when it comes to interviews. Most likely, the surgeries were a source of personal contention between Michael and Katherine. I’m willing to bet that as a mother she didn’t approve. I sensed some of that coming out when she made that remark.

      What I’ve gathered about Katherine’s behavior through the years, and from all I’ve read, she seems to be very passive-aggressive (a trait she and Michael shared). People like that will take, and take, and take, and then one day out of the blue will just snap and do something totally irrational or out of character (like the time she dragged one of Joe’s mistresses by the hair of the head). She probably stood up to Joe a lot more than we will ever know but was too insecure to make the complete break away from him. The way her character was portrayed in An American Dream, she came across as a very strong woman but also as one who was herself a victim of a very controlling relationship (I’m willing to bet she probably feared Joe as much as the kids did).It was not unusual for women of her generation to stay in unhappy marriages-I know this from both of my grandmothers. Insecurity may have had a lot to do with it.I’m not making excuses for her. She has her weaknesses. I think Michael knew her weaknesses as well as her strengths, but he loved her for who she was. I just felt that Mother’s Day was an appropriate time to pay tribute to her strengths.

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