GUEST BLOG: "New Flower" (a poem) by Michelle Tiatia

Michelle Tiatia in Ethiopia

Michelle with children in Ethiopia

“New Flower”*

I was six years old when God gave me the dream

Through images of poverty like I’d never seen

Children crying – so hungry and poor

Death stealing the lives they knew once before

To go to Ethiopia a dream had come true

Though I feared the long flight over the ocean blue

To know a world that was close to my heart

To make a difference and give a fresh start

But nothing could ever prepare me to see

The raw streets and culture that was before me

The eucalyptus scaffolds, the pavements of mud

The beggars, the markets, the horses that trod

On the street with the people – so many there were

But where they were going, I could not answer

HIV/AIDS so many had carried

Fistula relief was why women tarried

So long and hard their journey began

With labors that left dead babies in hand

Nazaret prostitutes number five thousand

Living for money but lowering the standard

Women At Risk reaching them slowly

Offering hope and love to the lowly

Healing and forgiveness is what I had witnessed

Knowing God’s love now through Grace and Forgiveness

The Street boys in Ambo so dirty and torn

Not just their clothes but the families in which they were born

No dad or mum to kiss them goodnight

No house to call home, no hope in sight

So broken and hungry but kings of the street

Orphaned and lonely no shoes on their feet

But hope was given as we entered their vision

For education, restoration, love and provision

What a blessing it was to be Jesus to them

To serve and feed, to show love through men

But now I have seen my heart breaks much more

Each life I have touched I feel responsible for

To bring them more hope? To bring them home?

To bring out my heart, to touch yours alone

So what would you do if you saw their pain?

Would you come back empty? Would your trip be in vain?

Or would you want to change the world One Soul at a time

That was my Ethiopia trip 2009

~ Michelle Tiatia, New Zealand

* “New Flower” is the English meaning for Addis Ababa, the capital city of Ethiopia.  Michelle says, “I like its meaning and its relationship to my trip.  I feel like a new person since going on the trip, and I just see a whole world of possibilities for new flowers to arise in that city and country.”

Michelle was on our Mocha Club Ethiopia trip #2 from July 19th-August 1st, 2009.

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  • Reply Toops August 8, 2009 at 12:40 am

    A beautiful and touching account of a life changing experience. Thank you for sharing this poem, your observations and reflections. Sometimes it is overwhelming to think of all the problems out there in the world, but to change the world one soul at a time, that is something we can all strive to do. Thank you for that reminder.

  • Reply Maretta Solomon August 9, 2009 at 6:45 pm

    Welcome back Michele; thank you for sharing your beautiful thoughts and reflections with us in a very moving and illustrative poem.

    Lotsa love,

    Aunty Sivi (Maretta)

  • Reply Lena Dix August 9, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Holler! I love your poem. I’m so thankful you were on the team with me and that I had this experience with such wonderful people.

  • Reply Melissa September 18, 2009 at 11:40 am

    Soooo beautiful Michelle. I went to Ethiopia in the summer of 2008 with Mocha Club and as I read your poem I felt my heart saying “mhmmm I know that one..”

  • Reply Pat Bacon September 19, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    What a beautiful reminder of what is important in life…what we impact with God’s love. God bless you.

  • Reply Tamara September 26, 2009 at 8:49 pm

    Wow, what a beautiful poem! Thank you for sharing.

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