Bartolo calls out those who seek personal gain

Tista' taqra bil- Malti.

Minister for Education Evarist Bartolo dedicated a poem to those “who wish to live a fruitful life serving the citizens”. He called out all those who wish to live a successful life borne on the backs of others.

On Facebook, he posted the poem George Gray by Edgar Lee Masters, stating that these verses are for those who truly wish to live a faithful life in politics.

George Gray by Edgar Lee Masters

I have studied many times
The marble which was chiseled for me–
A boat with a furled sail at rest in a harbor.
In truth it pictures not my destination
But my life.
For love was offered me and I shrank from its disillusionment;
Sorrow knocked at my door, but I was afraid;
Ambition called to me, but I dreaded the chances.
Yet all the while I hungered for meaning in my life.
And now I know that we must lift the sail
And catch the winds of destiny
Wherever they drive the boat.
To put meaning in one’s life may end in madness,
But life without meaning is the torture
Of restlessness and vague desire–
It is a boat longing for the sea and yet afraid.

The poem is voiced by George Gray, a dead man who reflects on the ironic design of his gravestone. The marble sailboat that forms part of the gravestone is a fitting symbol for his life: all the potential of adventure, encased in stone. He lived a life where he risked nothing, meaning that he lost out on all the little things that give life meaning. He warns us to not do what he did, but instead to live life to its very fullest.