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NEITHER A LENDER NOR A BORROWER BE

 


NEITHER A LENDER NOR A BORROWER BE

(A POEM WRITTEN IN A BANKRUPT COUNTRY)

 

- Kamala Wijeratne (Sri Lanka)

O wise Shakespeare, you knew how

Penury walks hand in hand with the debtor

And we to our cost have learnt

Too late in the darkening day

, We have had the good life

On money borrowed on penal terms

 

It was good while it lasted

 

Like the female frog

WE SWELLED AND SWELLED

On gold cast before us

As before swine,

We ran to pick the pieces

And wallowed in the mud

Of vainglory

 

 Now the payback time has come

And we like the swine

Sink deeper and deeper in the bog

And wait for the slaughter

That will surely come

 

 

 

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