Beanery Online Literary Magazine

March 1, 2010



The following poem and plea was written by one of the  Beanery Online Literary Magazine visitor writers, a Chilean studying at a Florida University. See the comment following the post for further information.


Rafael  Alejandro Jara

Everything shakes and lives are realigned
And those dazed souls still left are left to find
Providence in the ruin and rubble
That asks of us yet again to rebuild.
It’s hard for us to truly understand
The Justice and Compassion of God’s Hand
In barren fields of harvested stubble
That houses only yesterday had filled;
And yet it must be for God to decide
Whether a fateful pendulum swoops
To rescue us and grace and hope provide
Or else to come swinging like a noose.
I really don’t know why. I only ask
That those who can be ready for the task.

NOTE: Rafael’s message attached to this submission: If you would help raise awareness for people to donate money to Habitat for Humanity after the reported damaging of 1.5 million homes in Chile today, it would be appreciated (along with du`as).  Below is a suggested appeal (followed by a poem) you might send out through blog/email/twitter/whatever: 

Text the word “CHILE” to 23583 to donate $10 to Habitat for Humanity — 1.5 million people are displaced.


 By texting the word “Chile” to a five-digit number, Americans and Canadians can make micro-donations of five or 10 dollars to non-profit groups including Habitat for Humanity, the Salvation Army or World Vision to help Chileans recover from the 8.8-magnitude quake that rattled their country early Saturday.

“One-hundred percent of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill,” Ginny Edwards, a spokeswoman for the Mobile Giving Foundation, which is coordinating the aid drive, said.*


To text your support:

1. Text the word “CHILE” to 25383 to donate $10 on behalf of the Habitat for Humanity

2. Text the word “CHILE” to 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of World Vision

3. Text the word “CHILE” to 52000 to donate $10 on behalf of the Salvation Army

4. Text the word “CHILE” to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross**

I suggest that you personally check websites to verify the authenticity of the above information. Below are a couple of the links I checked:





The Partners in Progress Mission Project in Haiti

Word from Claudette in Haiti


A Daily Online Lenten Study Guide: Introduction

Writing Poetry with My Grandson, Vince

To Andrea Bocelli: A Valentine

Memoir Writing Can Elicit Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome

Blogging: Does it Have Value? Part 1


  1. Received the following information in an e-mail March 1, 2010:

    Thank you (for posting this poem). I’m in Florida now (my Chilean nanny had also arrived here just Friday). And it seems all my family and those of my Chilean friends are accounted for. It’s still heartbreaking to see images of so much destruction, especially when it doesn’t seem to be attracting half the attention that Haiti had. Anyway I wanted to mention that the sonnet was my own craft (to give proper citation its due).

    Thanks again,


    Comment by beanerywriters — March 2, 2010 @ 1:41 pm | Reply

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