Author: Lawrence Ferlinghetti
Lawrence Ferlinghetti (born March 24, 1919 ) is an American poet, painter, liberal activist, and the co-founder of City Lights Booksellers & Publishers. He is best known for " A Coney Island of the Mind" (New York: New Directions, 1958), a collection of poems that has been translated into nine languages, with sales of over 1 million copies.
PITY THE NATION
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