Pity the Nation

pity the nation
My friends and my road-fellows
Pity the Nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the Nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
Eats bread it does not harvest,
And drinks a wine that flows
Not from its own winepress.
Pity the Nation that acclaims the bully as hero,
And that deems the glittering conqueror bountiful.
Pity the Nation that despises a passion in its dream
Yet submit 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 pacthing and mimicking.
Pity the Nation that welcomes
It’s new ruler with trumpetings
And farewells him with hootings,
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.
— 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 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.

— Lawrence Ferlinghetti

9 thoughts on “Pity the Nation”

  1. pity the nation which hangs and humiliates its heroes
    and above all pity the nation in which criminals sit in judgement over its heroes.

  2. Why does the ruling elite need so much money? Is it because they think its their right that they have served their country (self proclaimed!?!) or is it that they want to keep living like a King / Queen after their term ends? I really cannot believe the audaciousnes of such folk. In a country where people are begging for food, children are for sale, people who had a shack before are out on pedestrians…I think pakistan should be a monarchy so power struggles ends and with it $$amassing as well. We all serve one family and so that family will not be in a hurry to loot and plunder the country. They will be here to stay…. happily ever after… present regime would fit in perfectly………. any votes here folks!!!

  3. hahahaahahah …. i tell you something interesting …. back in the time of Benazir’s second term in office ….. Zardari’s income tax paying was made public … and to someone’s horror.. a Lt Col in Pakistan Army was paying more taxes than him :d
    come on people laugh with me please .. 😀

  4. “Pity the nation whose leaders do not pay what they should pay to their country.” Would it be possible to find out how much income tax Zardari & Nawaz pay every year? This data was available to the public many years ago, why not now?

  5. Give a name to my prison, solace in death
    Life may go on without me, why cry
    A lifetime, more than life itself
    I will rise from dust, to paint the world red again

    Ice Awan

    This is what i believe in 😀

  6. Kashif, you made the same mistake most Pakistanis do. the name of the poet is KAHLIL Gibran (not Khalil Gibran). He was a Maronite Christian who migrated from Lebanon to the U.S. and lived there all his life. Most Pakistanis think he was a Muslim. His book “The Prophet” was not about any prophet, it’s a collection of his own sayings, like the one you’ve quoted.


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