Psycho black son,
He was the King of Pop,
And of his boys love shop.
06.25.09 – 07.10.09
Copyright by Minh Tan on listed dated of completion.
Notes to this poem…
Clerihews are biographical and usually whimsical, showing the subject from an unusual point of view, poking fun at famous people. The subject matter and wording are often humorously contrived in order to achieve a rhyme.
Those were my specifications for writing this poem, and the fact I prefer not to write about people in them till they’re dead, but not always. I had many other versions I rejected from the day Michael died till this one a few weeks later. I don’t know why I held out. It’s not like I cared that much for this poem. But I’m glad I waited till the “psycho black son” line came to me to rhyme with Michael Jackson. That said it all to me… but I needed another two lines to finish the poem format so I took the “unusual point of view” to refer to his ranch and boy molestation charges as King of his “boys’ love shop”… being the accused molester. To be fair, of course, I have to mention he was cleared on all charges once, and settled out of court a second time. I’ll leave it at that.