Pity the Nation

Amy Goodman recently interviewed
Lawrence Ferlinghetti
on Democracy Now.


The 88-year-old poet and founder of one of my favorite San Francisco hang-outs, City Lights Bookstore,read a new poem:

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 conquerors 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.


4 responses to “Pity the Nation

  1. That was absoloutely awesome. Thanks for posting it.

  2. oh lord, “tears of thee.” yes. i cannot shake this sense of despair i feel about the state of our nation.

  3. that was a splendid poem!

  4. WOW. left me shaken, angry, and sad. What a wonderful expression of how I feel about this country.

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