Lady Liberty

Turn off the torch;
douse the light to the storm and,
those adrift.
Tear down her raised arm,
a beacon no more,
just a statue off-shore,
no more “world-wide welcome,”
no more “golden door.”

Raze her down,
this “MOTHER OF EXILES,”*
her job, gone,
laid-off, dismissed, downsized.
“The homeless,”
those “yearning to breathe free”
and “tempest-tost,”
no longer welcome here.

Send her off;
we don’t deserve her anymore.
Prop her up
on some worthy distant shore.
“Your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses,”
don’t interest those
in the priveledged class.

© L. Rose (3/13/17)

*Lazarus, Emma. The New Colossus. National Park Service. 1883. https://www.nps.gov/stli/learn/historyculture/colossus.htm. March 13, 2017
The New Colossus–full text – Statue Of Liberty National Monument (U.S. National Park Service)

8 thoughts on “Lady Liberty

  1. gardenlovepoet March 13, 2017 / 9:08 pm

    From my perspective is this Poem explaining that lady liberty shouldn’t be where is currently is because she’s not appreciated for “lighting the way” for humanity so she should go where she will be appreciated and loved for what she does

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  2. scatterednotebooks March 13, 2017 / 9:37 pm

    I am struggling with my response, because I want to make sure I’m clear. To answer what I believe is your question, yes. I am as proud of that line in Emma Lazarus’ poem, “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses, yearning to breathe free,” as I am of my country’s National Anthem. That line has always given me that warm feeling, when I think on it. I know that the poem was written in the 19th century, when the U.S. was not quite so populated :), but I have always loved the sentiment. I am not so proud or happy with the sweeping Travel Ban Trump is trying to impose, what it means, and the problems it has already created. This was me exercising and venting the frustration I feel at the direction the US is being dragged by a runaway team of bulls… – sorry for the lengthy answer. Linda

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  3. scatterednotebooks March 13, 2017 / 9:38 pm

    I should probably add that I don’t ‘really’ believe The Statue of Liberty shouldn’t be here, I just think we’re on the verge of not deserving her presence, if we’re not careful.

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  4. thereluctantpoetweb March 16, 2017 / 10:06 pm

    This is such an excellent way that people who believe in true liberty and freedom should feel. I will share a copy of something I did in a similar vein.

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