(551– 479 ( BC) / China)

A Complaint - Poem by Confucius

He lodged us in a spacious house,
And plenteous was our fare.
But now at every frugal meal
There's not a scrap to spare.
Alas! alas that this good man
Could not go on as he began!

Comments about A Complaint by Confucius

  • (9/28/2016 8:32:00 PM)

    hard times no respecter of goodness (Report) Reply

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  • Terry Craddock (1/19/2016 3:11:00 AM)

    Testing Limits Of Hospitality

    old wise tales oft spoken quoted
    'familiarity breeds contempt'
    differences in character traits bite

    honoured guest was courtesy greeted
    preparations exquisite food wine finest
    but beware fools who welcome overstays

    fruitful moral is generosity
    decreases with familiarity
    tests limits of hospitality

    Copyright © Terence George Craddock
    Inspired by the poem 'A Complaint' by Confucius.
    Dedicated to Confucius.
    (Report) Reply

  • Susan Williams (1/18/2016 4:02:00 PM)

    I do think people put their best foot forward with people they have just met. But as time and acquaintance goes on and on, we take for granted or we get irked by small irritating faults or we have taken what we wanted out of that individual. I like this piece by Confucius- it has meaning on the top layer and meaning on the second layer and more as you peel that onion. (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2016 1:18:00 PM)

    pretty expensive to maintain
    whatever the man started..
    he should have charge more
    and continue with good service.
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  • (1/18/2016 9:28:00 AM)

    A great idea of human life and the predicament of human being in poverty. The great philosopher penned for human world. (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2016 7:49:00 AM)

    ......a wonderful write....always best to show someone how to help themselves...instead of always giving, until one has no more to give ★ (Report) Reply

  • Terry Craddock (1/18/2016 5:38:00 AM)

    The moral is generosity decreases with familiarity, in simplicity and brevity, the meaning is crystal clear. Delighting in biting satire :) (Report) Reply

  • (1/18/2016 4:56:00 AM)

    Sufficient food is necessary when one is hungry but if a hungry man is served little food with fan fare and in a wealthy mansion, it will not fulfill his need. The great philosopher has rightly pointed out that sufficient food is more important than the place where it is served to the hungry man. (Report) Reply

  • Edward Kofi Louis (1/18/2016 3:34:00 AM)

    There's not a scrap to spare. Nice work. (Report) Reply

  • Mohammed Asim Nehal (1/18/2016 3:21:00 AM)

    The higher we go the colder we feel, more money we get more we want, there is no end to wants and requirement, true human nature nicely explored by the master of this art....100++ (Report) Reply

  • Rajnish Manga (1/18/2016 3:08:00 AM)

    Human nature is as enigmatic as anything could be. The following lines are make it amply clear:
    Alas! alas that this good man
    Could not go on as he began!
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Poem Submitted: Saturday, September 18, 2010

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