Wednesday, January 13, 2010

When something is incomprehensible


Mountain in St. Marc, Haiti


Dèyè mòn gen mòn.


Beyond mountains, there are more mountains.


-- Haitian proverb

16 comments:

  1. HA! For some reason this makes me laugh!
    xo
    erin

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  2. That says everything that I so clumsily tried to write last night. Thank-you, Elizabeth.

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  3. Thank-you for saying what's on our hearts in the most eloquent way.

    My word verification is: light

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  4. Ironic you should post that quote. The priest used it in his homily on Sunday. I didn't realize it was Haitian.

    I received this note from a friend of ours in Chicago regarding Haiti:


    IT IS THE FIRST INDEPENDENT NATION IN LATIN AMERICA, THE FIRST POST-COLONIAL INDEPENDENT BLACK-LED NATION, AND THE ONLY NATION WHOSE INDEPENDENCE WAS GAINED AS A RESULT OF A SUCCESSFUL SLAVE REBELLION. AND FOR THOSE OF US IN CHICAGO, JEAN-BAPTISTE DUSABLE A RUNAWAY HAITIAN SLAVE, MY ANCESTOR AND THE
    FIRST SETTLER OF CHICAGO.

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  5. You can always put things in just the right words.

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  6. This proverb gives me hope, yet my heart and eyes leak for the mothers, fathers, children and lovers who have lost. Because a soul is irreplaceable.

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  7. What a lovely picture. And a picture and proverb of hope during this difficult time for them.

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  8. Have you read "Mountains beyond Mountains" -- about the Harvard doctor who has dedicated himself to building and working at a hospital in Haiti --
    http://www.amazon.com/Mountains-Beyond-Farmer-Random-Readers/dp/0812980557/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1263497576&sr=8-1

    There are amazing Haitian proverbs like this one.

    My two adopted kids are from Haiti.

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  9. Louise - I have read the book and listened to the audio version as well -- I'm a big fan (who isn't?) of Paul Farmer. And I didn't know that about your adopted children. Bless them and their families, wherever they are, and you.

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  10. This reminded me of the book called "Mountains Beyond Mountains" -- a memoir, I think, about a doctor named Paul Farmer who works relentlessly in Haiti. I am thinking about him and the people he serves today.

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  11. I will keep that and own it for myself
    wisdom upon wisdom

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  12. An amazing quote. Many thanks.

    Greetings from London.

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