Pity the nation…

Three paintings by Khalil Gibran: Jesus the Son of Man – On Giving – Etreinte

“Pity the nation” is one of those poems that transcends time. It was written by Khalil Gibran sometime in early 1900s but published posthumously in 1933 in “The Garden of the Prophet”.

Pity the nation that is full of beliefs and empty of religion.
Pity the nation that wears a cloth it does not weave,
eats a bread it does not harvest,
and drinks a wine that flows not from its own wine-press.

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 submits 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 patching and mimicking.

Pity the nation that welcomes its new ruler with trumpeting,
and farewells him with hooting,
only to welcome another with trumpeting again.

Pity the nation whose sages are dumb with years
and whose strong men are yet in the cradle.

Pity the nation divided into into fragments,
each fragment deeming itself a nation.

What brought a sad smile on my face was when I found people from USA, Pakistan and Greece relating to this poem after just 4 minutes of googling.
I guess there are still many nations to pity…

Khalil Gibran – artist, poet, writer

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