sexta-feira, 11 de julho de 2008

Pity the Nation

Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Awake!, 2001

A livraria City Lights em San Francisco comemora os 50 anos da publicação da obra A Coney Island of the Mind do poeta e pintor Lawrence Ferlinghetti. Deram-me hoje um postal com um poema do autor, que é por sinal de descendência portuguese entre outras. Desconhecia o poema e achei-o muito bonito. Chama-se Pity the Nation. Aqui fica:

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.