"We Had Him" is typical of Angelou's work:
His hat, aslant over his brow, and took a pose on his toes for all of us.
Today in Tokyo, beneath the Eiffel Tower, in Ghana's Black Star Square.
We are missing Michael. But we do know we had him, and we are the world.
The audience responded well to the poem.
I find more poignancy in this quote from her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings:
Michael didn't seem to have a lot of answers, but for all of his faults, he sang a powerful song.