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The Smooth Criminal

A dancer/singer extraordinaire

By Novel AllenPublished 22 days ago • Updated 22 days ago • 1 min read
Top Story - November 2023

Amidst silence and expectant awe, the audience waits

As he stands, poised, basking in the foreglow of adoration

The smoothest criminal of them all....floating on air


Wholly engrossed, I sit, lost in the graceful movements of the man

Watching him, mesmerized, as he slowly slithers across the floor

Arms unfolding gently, reaching, reaching, slowly falling

Elegantly, so smoothly, he glides in flawless grandeur

Unhurried, he twirls, his immaculately tailored form slithers

Like the slow deceptive form of that sleek, sly boa constrictor

He pounces, deflects, pauses, Moon Dances to perfection

Still. Graceful in his manliness, he breathes sounds of triumph

Deliberately, teasingly, he sheds his sequined, tasteful coat

He shimmies. Like the snake, he sheds the outer skin

Tosses it to the floor carelessly, not discarded...but

Beguiling, it awaits eager arms to caress its fame

The music crescendos. He glides one last time

The smooth criminal is finally ready

To steal the hearts of the world

For the very last deafening applause

Sophisticated, dignified, poised

He bows!

The crowd goes wild

He feels God-like in his adoration.

Now resting amidst that last 'Hoorah'

He bids us adieu and farewell!

MJ. The Smooth Criminal!


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About the Creator

Novel Allen

(Uk based) I Exist within moments, driven by whims and fancies, a free spirited dreamer. I Run wild with the wind.

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  • JBaz15 days ago

    The one and only…..you nailed it and did justice to the man, the myth, the legend.

  • Mariann Carroll19 days ago

    You cannot get any smoother than Michael Jackson!!! Congrats to Top Story !!!

  • Smooth take!

  • Paul Stewart20 days ago

    This is a great entry into the challenge, Novel! You encapsulated all that was good about MJ! Congrats on Top Story too!

  • Rachel Deeming20 days ago

    Nice take on the challenge. I was lucky enough to see MJ in his prime. I was not a big fan - I went with a good friend at the time who was an enormous fan of him - but I do remember that it was an amazing show. I remember the showmanship and the adulation of the crowd and my friend fainting. His music though endures and that is testament to any great artist. Great tribute, great poem.

  • Mr Ahsan20 days ago

    The words dance on the page, mirroring the grace and charisma of the performer. Well keep it up

  • Dana Stewart20 days ago

    Fantastic piece Novel!

  • Grz Colm21 days ago

    Cool work! 🤩 Excellent writing Novel. I still listen to his songs! 🎵 And congratulations on your top story too!! 🥳👏🎉🎉

  • Carol Townend21 days ago

    This is one really good Top Story! I loved reading it, and I could hear Micheal Jackson's song as I was reading. You've done a great job here.

  • Leslie Writes21 days ago

    Very smooth! Congrats on the TS. This song will be stuck in my head all day! <3

  • Cathy holmes21 days ago

    Woe. This is fabulous. Well done and congrats on the TS.

  • Gerald Holmes21 days ago

    Loved this. He was a master. I still remember how blown away I was when he first did the moonwalk life. Congrats on Top Story

  • Aaron Waddell21 days ago

    Very Cool. Loved it! RIP to the king. And congrats on the TS!

  • Lamar Wiggins21 days ago

    This read like a total experience. Well done and congrats!

  • Heather Hubler21 days ago

    Oh, I loved this!! Yes to MJ!! Grew up with a poster of him and albums on repeat :) Our whole bus used to sing his songs on the way to and from school. Wonderful language you used. Great work! And congrats on Top Story :)

  • Donna Fox (HKB)21 days ago

    This was such a great tribute to Michael Jackson!! Your descriptive language is vivid and captivating! Such a great entry to the challenge!! Great work Novel and congrats on Top Story!

  • Cindy Calder21 days ago

    I grew up with Michael Jackson and watched his evolution over the years. His talent was truly genius. No one quite like him despite many comparisons. Well written piece - congratulations on the Top Story.

  • MJ is like the smoothest of the smoothests! Such a wondering tribute to him! I loved it!

  • One of the truly greats among my generation. Fated, never to grow old but to endure forever in our hearts, souls & minds.

  • Tiffany Gordon 22 days ago

    You rocked this Novel! I knew it was going to be good just from the title! I love your MJ artwork as well. It is very very impressive and exquisite! Go No Go! Has anyone ever wondered who the h**l Annie is and if she is okay? LOL 😂

  • Sid Aaron Hirji22 days ago

    Man this does that legend justice. Great tribute

  • Babs Iverson22 days ago

    Soft smooth tribute to Michael Jackson!!! Love ir!!!❤️❤️💕

  • Nice tribute to Michael Jackson... The Man in the Mirror.

  • I was a fan of Michael. He was an amazing singer and dancer, such a beautiful tribute.

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