Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty

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!”

Emma Lazarus (1883)

  1. wow, this pic makes me want to make a trip out there 🙂


  2. rangewriter says:

    Well done. And on this evening’s local news, a panhandler responded to the TV reporter, “Ya, we need Whole Foods. We don’t got enough corners for all the bums.” (Referencing the construction of a new downtown, upscale grocery store.)


  3. gene3067 says:

    I never knew the rest of the poem. Thank you!


  4. sparklebumps says:

    Someday I plan on being as iconic as the Statue of Liberty….I just have to figure out exactly how to do that.


  5. this snapshot is postcard worthy!


  6. I love this view of the island!


  7. surroundedbyimbeciles says:

    I need to make it Ellis Island some day.


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