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A Poem A Day #2


A friend posted this poem on Facebook recently. It seems to show so much of what is happening today all around the world. It is a poem to ponder and wonder about how as people we may be culpable of contributing to the unsettling scenes.

Poets remind us of the cruelty . But they also give us food for bold thoughts. Bold thoughts that offer solutions. I am so exhausted. I believe so many of us are. I hope we work together to find solutions. After all no one wants to be pitied.

PITY THE NATION”
(After 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 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 Monsanto Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919) is an American poet, painter, socialist activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. He is the author of poetry, translations, fiction, theatre, art criticism, and film narration. Ferlinghetti is best known for his first collection of poems, A Coney Island of the Mind (1958), which has been translated into nine languages, with sales of more than one million copies.[2] Ferlinghetti turned 100 in March 2019, leading the city of San Franciscoto proclaim his birthday, March 24, “Lawrence Ferlinghetti Day”.[3]

 

 

 

26 Acts of Kindness


Poemattic believes deeply in the concepts of Acts of Kindness or Passing it Forward. We are proposing that WordPress bloggers and their followers join us in the 26 Acts of kindness movement by writing poems about kindness, fostering kindness, illustrating kindness or demonstrating kindness simply by writing a 26 word poem and sending it to Poemattic to publicize. Poemattic will post all types of formats and hints for you to follow.

Follow us on twitter and post your poems there as well. These are some of the Acts if Kindness that I have heard about so far.

  • Collecting Money for Newtown Families.
  • Paying for prescriptions for Seniors at a local Pharmacy
  • Paying tolls for total strangers

NBC and Anne Curry have posted many others. Get your inspiration for writing poems from the descriptions of the acts of kindness.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-205_162-57560308/ann-curry-proposes-26acts-of-kindness-goes-viral/

Some of my favorite quotes about kindness:

Like kindness, a smile from the heart not only purifies the human mind but also illumines the human heart. – Sri Chinmoy

Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly
endless. – Mother Theresa

My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness. – The Dalai Lama

Tenderness and kindness are not signs of weakness and despair but manifestations of strength and resolution. – Khalil Gibran

No act of kindness, no matter how small is ever wasted. – Aesop

Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you. – Princess Diana

The words of the tongue should have three gatekeepers:  Is it true?  Is it kind? Is it necessary? – Arabian proverb
You cannot do a kindness too soon, for you never
know how soon it will be too late.   –Ralph Waldo Emerson