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PITY THE NATION

(After Khalil Gibran)
Pity the nation whose people are sheep
And whose shepherds mislead them
Pity the nation whose leaders are liars
Whose sages are silenced
And whose bigots haunt the airwaves
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
Except to praise conquerers
And acclaim the bully as hero
And aims to rule the world
By force and by torture
Pity the nation that knows
No other language but its own
And no other culture but its own
Pity the nation whose breath is money
And sleeps the sleep of the too well fed
Pity the nation oh pity the people
who allow their rights to erode
and their freedoms to be washed away
My country, tears of thee
Sweet land of liberty!
Written by:  Lawrence Ferlinghetti
[Please note:  “Khalil Gibran” is also spelled “Kahlil Gibran“.  The latter is how I “normally” spell the name as this is how it appears on the several books I own.
I found this as a posting on FaceBook by an old friend from grammar school:  Mit (Mithras) Maurille.  Part 1, yesterday’s post was found on the internet.  It is available on multiple sites.  —  KMAB]
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Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave
and eats a bread it does not harvest.
Pity the nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
and that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity a nation that despises a passion in its dream,
yet submits in its awakening.
Pity the nation that raises not its voice
save when it walks in a funeral,
boasts not except among its ruins,
and will rebel not save when its neck is laid
between the sword and the block.
Pity the nation whose statesman is a fox,
whose philosopher is a juggler,
and whose art is the art of patching and mimicking
Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.
Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strongmen are yet in the cradle.
Pity the nation divided into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.
  ―  Kahlil Gibran
From his book: “The Garden of The Prophet
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The timeless in you is aware of life’s timelessness.  And knows that yesterday is but today’s memory and tomorrow is today’s dream.
  ― Kahlil Gibran
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One just man causes the Devil greater affliction than a million blind believers.
   —  Kahlil Gibran
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To understand the heart and mind of a person, look not at what he has already achieved, but what he aspires to.
    ―  Kahlil Gibran
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If you love somebody, let them go, for if they return, they were always yours.  If they don’t, they never were.
   ― Kahlil Gibran
[I don’t know if this is interesting to anyone else, but the first time I distinctly remember hearing this quote was when Lee Majors was being interviewed just after his separation from Farrah Fawcett-Major back around 1979.  They were later divorced in 1982.  —  KMAB]
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They deem me mad because I will not sell my days for gold; and I deem them mad because they think my days have a price.
   ― Kahlil Gibran
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