Dissembling Liberty

Our forefathers of past
Glance down upon us at last
With melancholy and remorse
On our latest fangled course

For once upon a time we stood
For righteousness and good
Held our arms open and wide
Welcoming all and sundry with pride

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-tossed, to me
I lift my lamp beside the golden door {1}

To our great lady we stood true
Draping ourselves in red white and blue
Welcoming immigrants of many nations
Offering escape from former locations

We were selfless and built unity
Building families and community
Erected a landmark of prosperity and truth
Hope for a lost and wayward youth

Tides have turned upon our shores
As we now seek to bar our doors
Turning away those who seek hope
Immersed in fear unable to cope

No longer do we turn to our brother
Embrace him as no other
We rally to turn our heads away
Hoping they will not see an American day

Erecting wooden fences upon our border
Becoming the selfish and the hoarder
Community withering in the past
For a dream that was offered to last

Lady Liberty stands upon our shore
Upon an island of times of before
For dreams of immigrants of today
Are simply shunned and turned away

Our great symbol of freedom unfurled
Liberty Enlightening the world
An icon to celebrate our birthright
Becoming a message darkened in plight

As a sun sets upon her statuesque form
A horizon gathers an ugly storm
Can we change what we have become
Or will we continue to fall and succumb

{1} Inscription on the Statue of Liberty

Author: Kimmy Jean

7-2006

Graphic Obtained through Public Domain