Out on the water
I am transported to America

Sea-washed, sunset gates

Statueatsunset

A reminder of the legacy of immigration in our country (according to Human Rights First, the US accepted only 190 Iraqi refugees in 2007) / New York Harbor / Dec. 2007

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!”

~ The New Colossus by Emma Lazurus (written in 1883; fully inscribed at the base of the statue in 1945)

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