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    Lawrence Ferlinghetti - Pity The Nation

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    Lawrence Ferlinghetti reads his poem Pity The Nation - 3 September 2007.

    Pity The Nation
    (After Khalil Gibran)
    by Lawrence Ferlinghetti (1919-)

    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
    with 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!