Aaliyah's Brother Released Something On Her 40th Birthday That Will Make Your Heart Shatter

Aaliyah with her Brother at the MTV 20th Anniversary party, "MTV20: Live and Almost Legal" at Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City on 8/1/01. Photo by Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

Aaliyah's Brother Released Something On Her 40th Birthday That Will Make Your Heart Shatter

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Published January 17th

As an annual ritual of sorts, Rashad Haughton, the older brother of late R&B songstress Aaliyah, dropped off a special poem in light of what would have been Baby Girl’s 40th birthday on Wednesday (January 16).

Rashad dropped off his poetic tribute along with several of her closest industry family, like Timbaland and Missy Elliott, for the special occasion, that’s gentle to the touch, but piercing to the hearts of Aaliyah’s fans and all those who loved her dearly.

  1. ‘The many were once as one/ By way of mind and tongue,’ the poem, titled ‘Tower,’ begins

    In four stanzas, Rashad uses his words to weave a beautiful portrait of freedom, unexpected discoveries, and tranquility through the poem. Some of the standout verses arrive in the final stanza:

    Hollow voices ripple upstream

    Yearning to rejoin the sea

    Cry, “Universe, sacred womb

    A truth revealed

    Is a song set free

    Gentle whisper of wind

    Sow these seeds for me."

     

  2. Read Rashad’s poem for his sister, shared via fan socials, below

Written by Diamond Alexis

(Photo: Evan Agostini/ImageDirect

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