Modern Poetry of Greece

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?

Hello

Thank you

Are you wet/cold?

Yes/No

My name is…

What is your name?

How are you?

I am hungry

Thirsty

Food

Water

Mother/Father

Brother/Sister

Family

What country is your family from?

Medicine

Hospital

Doctor

Sorry, it has run out

New shoes only if yours are broken

Wait here please

I will return soon

Follow me

Come back in

5/15/45 minutes

How many people?

Sorry

Stay calm

Free (no charge)

Friend

What lists do you use to improve the lives of those you work and live with?

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