Opinion: Rewriting a symbol

By Adele Zimmerman, Embudo
Posted 7/3/19

With apologies to Emma Lazarus, I have amended the most quoted part of her majestic poem, "The New Colossus," inscribed on the pedestal that holds the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of everything that …

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Opinion: Rewriting a symbol

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With apologies to Emma Lazarus, I have amended the most quoted part of her majestic poem, "The New Colossus," inscribed on the pedestal that holds the Statue of Liberty, the symbol of everything that made America truly great.

"Give me your tired,

[We will make you sleep on a concrete floor with a plastic blanket.]

your poor,

[Poverty is not a reason for seeking asylum.]

Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

[We will crowd you into cages.]

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

[We will treat you like refuse.]

Send these, the homeless,

[We will house you in conditions worse than prison.]

tempest-tost to me,

[We will toss you out.]

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!

[The door will be shut against you!]"

Adele Zimmerman

Embudo

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