A tribute to those who left us in 2012
He picked February to take his lonely ride on the Soul Train to the other side
we will never forget the Saturday afternoons he encouraged us to dance
in front of our TVs.
Only Heaven Knows what her Last Dance was like
But it must have been to a great song On the Radio
And we will never Love to Love each other the way we did then.
She mesmerized us with her powerful voice
intended to spread the
and helped us appreciate the Greatest Love of All within us.
Another inspiration to teenagers everywhere
was a great gentleman
who introduced us to a program
called American Bandstand
We danced to all the different beats
we swayed to catchy lyrics the whole time
and every 31st of December
he ushered in the
Undefeated he fought many battles,
but lost his greatest bout in life victim to street violence
We always will remember his flashy stance
and his unique dance around the ring
and pray this great Lightweight Champion is facing his maker in the greatest of Gardens.
He showed us how simple life could be
in his Mayberry town,
his smile was so contagious and friendly
and the only time he would put on a frown
was in his role as Matlock the savvy lawyer of a small country town.
For 60 minutes every Sunday evening
we watched as he asked the tough questions
only great journalist learn to craft
and he made sure he got the answers for our satisfaction.
We lost many more celebrities during the year 2012
(the year that should have ended the world)
this poem is a tribute to only these few
because these folks especially
I felt I kinda of knew
No matter the medium
there was never a moment of tedium
and so I bid you all farewell
and thank you for the memories.
- Celine Dion pays tribute to Whitney Houston at Grammy Salute by singing “The Greatest Love Of All” (loft965.com)
- The 2012 Soul Train Awards: A Ramona DeBreaux Diary [VIDEO/PHOTO GALLERY] (v103.cbslocal.com)
- Remembering Dick Clark (abcnews.go.com)