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John Travolta's Dance with Sorrow

Reflections on the death of his teenage son PLUS: A New Year's Dance-a-thon

by Greg Asimakoupoulos
January 9, 2009

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John Travolta's Dance with Sorrow
John Travolta's Dance with Sorrow
Reflections on the death of his teenage son

His Jett went down
and John gave up
all hope of finding
that life would ever be
the same as it once was.

This one
(who for three decades
has been defined
by a Saturday Night Fever)
now attempts to find comfort
from a Friday morning nightmare.

The dance beat
of a Brooklyn nightclub
is a distant
(and insignificant)
memory
when contrasted to
the heartbreak
of a Bahamian bungalow.

No Bee Gees music in the background.
John Travolta's slow dance with sorrow
has a soundtrack of silence.
Staying Alive ceased to be
a memorable melody
when it became
an unanswered prayer.

And so a grieving dad
calls out to a Father
who appears deaf.

A much-loved
special needs child is gone.
But hear his famous parent
(with special needs of his own)
vent his indescribable pain.

"God, if you only knew
what it is like
for your one and only son
to be robbed of life.
If only you could identify
with losing a part of yourself.
If only you could,
then maybe,
just maybe,
you could understand
the agony that consumes me."

And the solitary figure
continues to turn and twist
in the shadows.

It's a lonely dance
amid the shattered bits of light
that emanate
from a rotating mirror ball.

As if lost in a universe
of countless stars,
a middle age creature
listens for the Creator's reply.


A New Year's Dance-a-thon
Waltzing with the unknown

As we embrace this brand new year,
we'll learn to dance with change
as God our Father takes the lead
with moves that may seem strange.
And still the music calls to mind
that change need not be feared
for He who knows what lies ahead
has promised to be near.

So let us waltz with gratitude
for all the Lord provides.
Our daily bread, employment too
and loved ones by our side.
Come join the new year's dance-a-thon
with twists and turns and spins.
Let's find our feet, kick up our heels
and leave the lead to Him.

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elm from 98801 writes:
January 18, 2009
I noted: The prayer John Travolta was to have prayed to God was in quotes in your poetic commentary and having followed the news story very very closely, never found that sound bite offered up or reported. Where was it derived from?

Reported as of Jan. 12th: Latest state of affairs surrounding Jett Travolta's death are that a police investigation is in progress. Headlines - "Nanny to be questioned on Jett Travolt's death." "Jeff and a man called Eli shared a ground floor suite linked to Jett's room while the family were on holiday. but police are said to be investigating claims Jett was left on his own for up to 10 hours while the nannies were watching TV." Close persons of interest have said they never heard Jeff refered to as Jett's "nanny" until after Jett's death." Rumors floating around Hollywood for years have been that John and Jeff were a significant item.

The God of Scientology: Scientologists believe humans are basically good. Scientology differs from many religions, it does not promote that natively humans are evil or bad unless “made” good. It acknowledges the principle of God or the Supreme Being but makes no attempt to define or describe this principle, leaving it up to the individual. Scientology is not a belief, faith based or a messianic religion; there is no worship of messiahs, prophets or gods. Scientologists believe in a higher power, but not specifically the God Christians, Muslims, and Jews believe in. John Travolta said once that someone can be a Christian Scientologist, a Buddhist Scientologist, a Jewish Scientologist, etc. but there are teachings and beliefs that conflict with each other. They believe bad behavior can be fixed by doing techniques. They don't believe in like sin and damnation and stuff like be "saved"

Christianity vs Scientolgy: Adherents of Scientolgy rank 500 thousand compared to adherents of Christianity which ranks are 2.1. billion.

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