LAND OF THE FREE

 

Lady Liberty

Mother to us all

She speaks in these words

She asks for your tired

Your poor

Your huddled masses

Yearning to breathe free

 

My family came in 1858

From Ireland

Two brothers

Who were millers

Who became farmers

Raised cotton

In Trinity County, TX

 

She holds the lantern

Lights the way

We all came

Came from somewhere else

Who closes the door today

 

Who separates families

Takes small children

From Mothers and Fathers

It is hard to take pride

In what we have become

 

July 4th, 2018

 

 

 

“Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homelesstempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door! The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.”

 

 

16 thoughts on “LAND OF THE FREE/poets united midweek motif/Lady Liberty

  1. I like that you put yourself in here. I should, too. I should learn how Russians and Germans were welcomed between 1880 and 1920. There was certainly prejudice, but all of us became citizens.

  2. My great grandma came from County Cork, fleeing the potato famine. We are kin! Smiles. I believe the America we know is still there, we are far more numerous than the villains that are dismantling everything as fast as they can. I just am astounded that no one – Congress? – is stopping it. Power means more to them than their country, clearly.

  3. This a nicely written poem, with a message that gets sadder as we read along. The last lines tell it like it is, no holds,
    “We all came
    Came from somewhere else
    Who closes the door today.”
    We know who and we seem powerless to make changes. But then, somehow we are responsible for letting the tyrant and his supporters get the stranglehold.
    Aside, we have a lot near Trinity adjacent to Westwood Shores. Also a nice house near Montgomery, in Bentwater that hasn’t sold. We now live near Katy, at Cinco Ranch.
    And, my grands came from Isle of Man in the early 1800’s, from Germany in the mid 1800’s, and from England in the 1600’s.
    ..

  4. Sadly the way the western nations have treated the rest of the world has resulted in this situation of unrest. Once dominating colonists and oppressors the subsequent reordering of the nations is still being interferred with, resulting in millions of people hoping to find safer and better paleces to live. We do have a responsibility thrust on us by our predecessors but are reluctant to do what is right.

  5. kaykuala

    Who separates families
    Takes small children
    From Mothers and Fathers

    They came all the way through many difficulties, their children wrested away from them at the border, a harrowing experience indeed! Worse! To be sent back to face gangs of hoodlums back in their home country in fact. A pity, MMT! Did well to highlight this!

    Hank

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