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Abet Speaks: For the Sake of Hope.





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Published on Jan 25, 2010

Song Credit: Nujabes - Beyond

Seeing the footage on Haiti moved me to write a short piece last Friday, January 22. It's a bit rough because I recorded it the same day, but hopefully it explains how I feel about the Haiti victims, and anybody else who's suffered a great deal from this disaster.

If you haven't donated yet (and I'm sure most of you have), please check out your local churches, businesses, and orgs. I know there are a bunch of events going on here in Chicago. I'm sure there are a ton by you too.

Also, visit to make a donation through the web.

I know this might sound cliche, but a little goes a long way.

Check the wordpress for a full description of the piece, and as always, come back again.

Til then, live by your pen.

- Abet Speaks

Rubble from house number one
lines the street. Feet stacked underneath.
Throats backed up with concrete,
Breathless. Breath lost in the cries,
for missing wives, daughters, friends,
sons, husbands Mommy, Daddy, why?
Did I lose you of all in just one night?

Engulfed in the fight between two pieces of earth,
folded into the dirt, back to ashes.
Lashes from a natural disaster
leave flesh wounds on the back of Haiti.

And maybe, you never saw poverty so clear.
HD and CNN, local television.
The media feeding ya footage of
a lack of medical supplies, food rations
As it happens, bodies operated on in the park.
After dark, flash lights like fire flies floating up,
the most high,

Brings the nations together because
like weather, destruction will pass.
Heres to the men, women and children who literally
have risen from the wreckage.
Whove stumbled, but kept on walking strong and humble.
And to the generosity of the human heart,
which, though underrated, deserves the statement,
that kind people do in fact exist.

See I share these words with you not for the sake of awareness,
(because Im sure that you know)
Im just doing this for the sake of hope.
Hope despite the dying,
and hope for those surviving.
And it took the an earthquake to wake us,
still I believe that the dream
will outlast the nightmare.


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