- Artist: Aberjhani
- Length: 2:09 minutes (1010.04 KB)
- Format: MP3 Stereo 22kHz 64Kbps (CBR)
"An Angel for New Orleans" was written as the full magnitude of the Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Rita disasters first unfolded. With pen in hand, as we say, I sat watching the news, crying, and scribbling out my pain, fear, and prayers. This subsequent spoken word recording was included on the "Goddess and Skylark" CD project, which was produced by Mark "Rahkyt" Rockeymoore and also featured the formidable talents of poet/journalist/blogger/social commentarian extraordinaire Nordette Adams. Below is the text for the piece.
AN ANGEL FOR NEW ORLEANS
O’ echoes of marching saints
drum loud your songs of healing.
The improvised wings
of your feathered blue notes and neon blood
spread wide now
like the sacred myth
and swaggering hips
of your heart pulsing reserves of strength
through traumatized veins.
Holy jazzmen of small mystic hours
blow ye furious the rainbow of hope.
French Quarter of elegant mystique, Monica Blache,
Canal Street, Gustave Brother to My Visions,
Super Dome battered humble,
Jerry Bolton and Mississippi and Alabama,
beloved kins-people of Nordette Adams,
abused children all of the wind-goddess Katrina,
from our souls to your spirits
a halo like a world to embrace your trembling.
Sons and daughters of the Christ fire burning,
burn a perfect peace precisely where you stand.
O’ Tap-dance Kings of Better Days,
O’ Gospel Queens of Prophetic Ways,
Princes of Tears and Princesses of Prayers,
feel these weeping arms lifting your arms,
feel these raging hearts beating inside your hearts,
welcome this hope-filled breath to increase your breath,
feel these determined legs carrying your legs.
Scent and shadow of a bitch’s brew fade like lies rescinded.
Light of angelic eyes: shine faith, speak compassion, bring love.
(from “The Goddess and the Skylark, Dancing through the Word Labyrinth”)
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