Nou Tout Se Moun

you breathed life into my bones

and taught me to see

that the difference between us

is only perceived.

for at the core of our beings

in the depths of our souls

we are all human

we are all whole.


ou soufle lavi nan zo kòt mwen

epi w fè m wé

diferans ki genyen ant nou

se sèlman nan panse.

nan sa nou ye

nan nannan nanm nou

nou tout se moun,

nou tout antye.

April 20, 2019 – by Lauren Neal

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The Schultz Family

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Greatness Within

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Grief & Restoration

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A STORY OF REDEMPTION

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This is Home to Me

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