A Complaint Poem by Confucius

A Complaint

Rating: 3.4


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 OF THE POEM
Terry Craddock 18 January 2016

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

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M Asim Nehal 18 January 2016

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++

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Ratnakar Mandlik 18 January 2016

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.

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Rajnish Manga 18 January 2016

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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Edward Kofi Louis 18 January 2016

There's not a scrap to spare. Nice work.

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Douglas Scotney 28 September 2016

hard times no respecter of goodness

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Terry Craddock 19 January 2016

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.

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Susan Williams 18 January 2016

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.

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Manonton Dalan 18 January 2016

pretty expensive to maintain whatever the man started.. he should have charge more and continue with good service.

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Gangadharan Nair Pulingat 18 January 2016

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

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