Monday, February 20, 2017

President's Day - Formerly George Washington's Birthday

(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!

This post inspired by V R Barkowski


  1. If there's one thing I've learned recently, it's that there are a LOT of us who will not just sit by idly while our politicians do horrible things. Our loud voices may not be enough to stop them, but it's very impressive that people aren't afraid to try.

  2. This is a beautiful and powerful poem with truth leading its way. Can't say more than that

  3. Very moving poem, especially under the circumstances.

  4. This is brilliant!! A perfect message for Presidents Day.

  5. Thank you for sharing this poem.

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  7. This poem is so appropriate for the day and the times, in general. Thanks for sharing it!

  8. Thanks for sharing the poem. Very powerful and timely.

  9. Well stated. Tweeted. Alana


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