Quotation by Jacques Roumain

She cried and prayed, but what good are prayers and orations when comes this last hour that the Book talks about: when the moon goes out and the stars go out and the wax of the clouds masks the sun. When the courageous Negro says, "I am tired," and the Negress stops grinding the corn because she is tired. When there is a bird in the woods laughing like a rusty rattle and those who sing are sitting in a circle without a word and without a sound and those who cry run around Main Street and cry, "Help me, help me! because today we bury our man and he is going to the graveyard, to his tomb, to dust."
Jacques Roumain (1907–1945), Haitian author, ethnologist, political activist. Repr. Éditions Messidor (1992). Masters of the Dew, p.159, Les Éditeurs Français Réunis (1946).
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