The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty Poem by Bernadette Mayer

The Tragic Condition of the Statue of Liberty

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A collaboration with Emma Lazarus

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!
Give me your gentrificatees of the Lower East Side including all the well-heeled young Europeans who'll take apartments without leases
Give me your landlords, give me your cooperators
Give me the guys who sell the food and the computers to the public schools in District One
Give me the IRS-FBI-CIA men who don't take election day off
Give me the certain members of the school board & give me the district superintendent
Give me all the greedy members of both american & foreign capitalist religious sects
Give me the parents of the punk people
Give me the guy who puts those stickers in the Rice Krispies
Give me the doctor who thinks his time is more valuable than mine and my daughter's & the time of all the other non-doctors in this world
Give me the mayor, his mansion, and the president & his white house
Give me the cops who laugh and sneer at meetings where they demonstrate the new uses of mace and robots instead of the old murder against people who are being evicted
Give me the landlord's sleazy lawyers and the deal-making judges in housing court & give me the landlord's arsonist
Give me the known & unknown big important rich guys who now bank on our quaint neighborhood
Give me, forgive me, the writers who have already or want to write bestsellers in this country
Together we will go to restore Ellis Island, ravaged for years by wind, weather and vandals
I was surprised and saddened when I heard that the Statue of Liberty was in such a serious state of disrepair & I want to help
This is the most generous contribution I can afford.

Savita Tyagi 03 November 2022

With wonderful satire your poem is presented! The high Ideals of this country are choking under the restoration debris!

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Savita Tyagi 03 November 2022

Those were my thoughts when I heard the news of Statue of Liberty closing. In the face of today's resentment towards immigrants this poem is even more poignant! Thank you for drawing attention towards it again.

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Savita Tyagi 03 November 2022

A sign in front of Liberty of Statue New Colossus closed for restoration Can not accept the tired and desolate Hungry and homeless beaten by fate The wretched refuse of the world! Date of opening to be announced soon!

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Kumarmani Mahakul 24 March 2019

The tiredness and poor perception should be given up. With positive mind all should work effectively. You give and forgive. This is surprise. Together you can move ahead. This poem is very beautifully penned.10

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Bernadette Mayer

Bernadette Mayer

Brooklyn / New York
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