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Pity the Nation

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by JP_, 17 Jun 2019.

  1. JP_

    JP_

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    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!

    — Lawrence Ferlinghetti
    San Francisco, January, 2006

    Inspired / reworked from Kahlil Gibran’s poem “Pity the Nation” (1933)

    #poetrymonday
     
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  3. andy11

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    I must go back to the sea again,
    To the lonely sea and sky.
    I left my vest and socks there;
    I wonder if they're dry?

    Spike Milligan.
     
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    There was a young man of Devizes

    ..........:ROFLMAO:
     
  5. Ihavenojob

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    My Bonnie lies over the ocean,
    My Bonnie lies over the sea.
    My daddy laid over my mummy
    And that's how they came to have me.
     
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    there was a young man from Cosham
    who took out his false teeth to wash em
    his wife said now jack
    if you don't put them back
    i'll stick em through mangle and squash em
     
  7. My little Girl is Bonnie. She loves that song.

    The end bit is wrong in our case, she was IVF. :)
     
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