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Posted by on Jun 1, 2007 in At TMV | 0 comments

Guest Poet: The New “The New Colossus”


And now another gem from TMV’s favorite artist of verse, Michael Silverstein, aka Wall Street Poet:

A poem by Emma Lazarus, “The New Colossus” is inscribed on the base of the Statue of Liberty. Its last lines read:

“Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

But heck. These days, who wants to build a better country with riff-raff like this?

The immigration bill now before Congress has provisions that are a lot more au courrant.

So perhaps its time we make a few adjustments to the final lines of Emma’s little poem. How about this as a closer:

I’ll take your best, the rest ignore,
Their yearnings are of no concern to me,
I’ve had my fill of wretched poor,
They’ll look elsewhere when they’ve a need to flee,
My lamp’s gone dark, I’ll take no more!

©2007 Michael Silverstein

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