Michael Jackson's Son Wrote an Incredibly Moving Poem About His Father's Real Legacy

The musical icon would have turned 58 on Monday.

Prince Jackson and Michael Jackson
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It's been seven years since Michael Jackson's untimely death, and the King of Pop would have turned 58 on Monday. To pay tribute to his father, "Prince" Michael Jackson Jr., Michael's 19-year-old son, wrote a sweet poem to show the hidden side of the public figure.

"Today we celebrate the birthday of a legend, but don't forget to celebrate the Man," he wrote on Twitter. "Here is a sonnet written for him."

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In the poem, Prince uses his legal name, Michael Jackson Jr., and talks about how his father was a human being just like the rest of us, despite having such an iconic place in music history. "The many know the Legend and the Myth/A lucky few know the Man as he is," he wrote. "He is pure, tested, yet has forgiven."

Taj Jackson, Prince's cousin and Michael's nephew, tweeted his praise of the poem:

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And Paris Jackson, Prince's sister, reposted the poem on Instagram, adding: "Love this…proud of you big brother. And happy birthday to the man that means more to us than anything and anyone ever could."

Fans, friends, and family members used the #MichaelJacksonDay to remember the late King of Pop and his influence on them.

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Megan Friedman

Megan Friedman is the former managing editor of the Newsroom at Hearst. She's worked at NBC and Time, and is a graduate of Northwestern's Medill School of Journalism.