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United We Stand September 11, 2010

Posted by nrhatch in People, Poetry, Writing & Writers.

On September 11, 2001,  as the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center burned, Lady Liberty  stood tall, sending a  message of Freedom, Hope and Unity to the world through ever silent lips.

Wikipedia ~ Statue of Liberty (in Public Domain)

Emma Lazarus penned words that Lady Liberty  now  shares with visitors to her home:

The New Colossus

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “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!”

Emma Lazarus, 1883


1. cindy - September 11, 2010

Thank you, Emma Lazarus.

nrhatch - September 11, 2010

From what I read, there was some arm twisting involved but the end result is beautiful.

2. Agatha82 - September 11, 2010

Beautiful words…

nrhatch - September 11, 2010

Aren’t they? I’ve always loved this poem.

3. Naomi - September 12, 2010

Thank you for the timely reminder of such a fateful day, Nancy. Stunning poem.

nrhatch - September 12, 2010

And a beautiful lady to wear Emma’s words. ; )

4. Julie - September 12, 2010


nrhatch - September 13, 2010

Lady Liberty and Emma’s poem capture what this country SHOULD stand for . . .

Here’s hoping that we’re headed back in that direction. ; )

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