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  • Keith Banner

Thriller

every time i go past this one house

i hear michael jackson


sing "billy jean" and remember

him on the american music awards


may 16 1983

moonwalking the fuck out of that stage


the house is pure mauve-and-kelly-green

genius, not a mansion


just a handsome 2-story

kids who hated me lived in


perfect for pool parties

and hot chocolate when the blizzard hits


and a big-screen tv in the chilly carpeted basement

mj infiltrated mtv too, first black man


in that shit and i see that house

and i know it inside and out

even though i never got in


not what it used to be


can a lawn have scabs?

yes it can

and shutters cockeyed

like a shipwreck

and 3 busted minivans in the driveway

and the garage door can't hide


every secret ok?

but still


back then what a paradise

what a dream


they moved in new

had a big housewarming party


and i'll be goddamned

if mj wasn't on the boombox


"beat it" this time


but it was the summer of mj wasn't it?


pepsi commercials

liz taylor

bubbles

everything


and then like nothing

he's buying sculptures in a las vegas boutique


crap he already owns

he's buying


and eventually he will

need toxic gas to sleep


but damn

back then it was an above-ground pool


it was breakfast in bed

for mom


it was what it was supposed to be

for maybe

2 years

tops




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