The poetry of lists was the topic of a class that I attended this spring in Greece. The class was taught by A.E. Stallings, and we looked at lists that were in the paper, or in the mounds of information for volunteers. Some were tragic. Some were inspiring.
One of the most inspirational was found in the phrase lists for volunteers working with. They gave the phrases in English, with the translation to Arabic and Farsi/Dari.
Just imagine. You get off of a boat in a strange new land, and someone approaches you with even a few words in your own language. How much comfort would that give you, just knowing that they cared enough to try?
Are you wet/cold?
My name is…
What is your name?
How are you?
I am hungry
What country is your family from?
Sorry, it has run out
New shoes only if yours are broken
Wait here please
I will return soon
Come back in
How many people?
Free (no charge)
What lists do you use to improve the lives of those you work and live with?