Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Song That Ena Zizi Sang

Magazine article First Things; A Monthly Journal of Religion and Public Life

The Song That Ena Zizi Sang

Article excerpt

As usual one story will have to serve for one million stories.

That is the way of stories. You might think that a lone story

Cannot possibly do that, and you would be right and wrong.

So here is Ena Zizi. She is seventy years old. The house fell

Down on her when an earthquake hammered Port-au-Prince.

She was there in the dark for a week, her leg and hip broken.

In the beginning she talked to a man who was buried nearby.

He was a priest, he said. After two days he fell silent so Ena

Talked only to God, she said. After a week, she was rescued

By a team called the Gophers. They slid her out on plywood.

Ena sang all the way out of the rubble: she had begun to sing

When she heard the scrabbling of the Mexicans' search dogs. …

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