Inverted Poem for Independence Day

Where the mind harbours fear and the head is held low;
Where knowledge is censored;
Where the world has broken up into fragments by narrow domestic walls;
Where words come out from the depth of lies;
Where tireless striving stretches its arms towards the unsound;
Where the clear stream of reason has lost its way into the dreary desert sand of dead habit;
Where the mind is misled by charlatans into ever-worsening thought and action;
From this hell of captivity, my people, let my country awake.

~ Rabindranath Today