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United We Stand September 11, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in People, Poetry.

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 shares with visitors:

The New Colossus

Wikipedia ~ Statue of Liberty (in Public Domain)

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

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1. brainrants - September 11, 2011

Thank you.

2. adeeyoyo - September 11, 2011

Brilliant words by Emma Lazarus, Nancy.

3. Tilly Bud - September 11, 2011

I’ve never heard the whole poem. Thank you.

4. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide - September 11, 2011

Thanks, for sharing that Nancy.

5. Julie - September 11, 2011

Thank you for sharing the whole poem. I had never before seen it in its entirety either.

6. misswhiplash - September 11, 2011

Very nice Thank you

7. Maggie - September 11, 2011

It’s a beautiful poem.

8. souldipper - September 11, 2011

Peace – the perfume of Emma’s poem.

9. Judith - September 11, 2011

Very beautiful words. Thanks for sharing.

10. nuvofelt - September 11, 2011

Beautiful words indeed. Thanks.

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12. andalibmarks - September 12, 2011

Endearing words to keep close to our hearts.

Thanks Nancy!! Thanks Emma Lazarus!!


13. William D'Andrea - September 12, 2011

When I was in the 6th Grade, we were taught to recite the second verse, which begins “Give me your tired. Your poor…”

At that time we were living in the New York City borough of Queens, and the Statute of Liberty was among the regularly scheduled field trips.

When I saw the Statue, and heard the poem, I thought of my grandparents, and great-grandparents who saw the statue when they first arrived, around the beginning of the 20th Century. They all then went through Ellis Island. The ancestors of the majority of the people now living in the USA, had the same experience.

It was these “Wretched refuse” and their descdendants who, given the opportunity, made America into the greatest nation that has ever existed.

At the end of the Constitutional Convention, in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked, “Do we have a monarchy or a republic?”

“A republic,” he replied, “if you can keep it.”

Now I wonder. Are we, the descendants of the “Wretched refuse” able to keep it?

nrhatch - September 12, 2011

Time will tell.

14. Alannah Murphy - September 12, 2011

You know, I am so glad she still stands, as horrible as 9/11 was, a part of me cannot help but be relieved that she wasn’t attacked, I think because of what she represents, freedom and liberty and so to see those photos of those poor towers burning, whilst she stood there defiant, well, that to me, had great symbolism.

nrhatch - September 12, 2011

I agree. Lady Liberty represents our hope for a brighter tomorrow ~ one reason why the ending of Planet of the Apes (the original) is so profound.

Alannah Murphy - September 13, 2011

Oh god, yeah, that ending is truly iconic and horrifying…

nrhatch - September 13, 2011

With that scene, the movie “hits home” ~ we’re no longer on The Planet of the Apes, we’re on Earth . . . years hence.

On a related note: Why aren’t movie goers who are horrified at the idea of being lab rats for Apes equally horrified at our continued use of cats, dogs, and apes for laboratory research?

Are we not all sentient beings who feel pain?

15. Alannah Murphy - September 13, 2011

Good point Nancy, it comes down to humans thinking we “deserve” to conquer death and disease, and sod how we do it, if we have to experiment on a million apes/cats and dogs to beat cancer, then it’s worth it, or so people think. NOTme. Think it’s beyond arrogant and selfish and EVEN if we beat cancer, Mother Nature will come up with another disease, it is called Natural Selection, it affects all living creatures, whether we like it or not…

nrhatch - September 13, 2011

I agree completely. The best way to empathize with the animals we terrorize on factory farms, and in laboratories, zoos, circuses, and rodeos, is to put ourselves in their shoes.

Vivisection is a social evil because, if it advances human knowledge, it does so at the expense of human character. ~ George Bernard Shaw

The greatness of a nation and its moral progress can be judged by the ways its animals are treated. ~ Mahatma Gandhi

Atrocities are no less atrocities when they occur in laboratories and are called research. ~ George Bernard Shaw

16. Alannah Murphy - September 13, 2011

Great words from George Bernard Shaw and Mahatma Gandhi.

Oh, don’t get me started on circuses grrrr (and yes, zoos are bad but nowadays, there are some of the few places with some endangered species can survive, which is horribly sad when we think about the fact WE are to blame for their demise in the wild…)

Poor animals, what have they done to deserve us…sigh

nrhatch - September 13, 2011

There are 100 Florida panthers (+/-) left in the wild . . . and they routinely become “roadkill.” This year, alone, 10% of the population died in impacts with cars.

And that’s just one species on a collision course with mankind.

Does mankind need to be here at all? Would the world benefit if we were the next species to be extinguished?

From my (albeit limited) perspective, the world would be better off if mankind had never been . . .

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