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Happy Fourth of July!

The team is taking the next few days off to run around our yards waving sparklers at dusk, eat blueberry pie and ice cream, and Zoom our families. Not all at the same time.

Today we thought we’d share the famous poem about the Statue of Liberty, “The New Colossus,” by another mighty woman – poet and writer Emma Lazarus. Emma wrote the poem in 1883 to raise money to build the statue’s pedestal. The poem was cast onto a bronze plaque and placed in the pedestal’s lower level in 1903.

We’re wishing everyone a happy, safe holiday, and we’ll see you next week.

“The New Colossus, by Emma Lazarus

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!”

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Sheila Hamwey
Sheila Hamwey
6 months ago

Thank you for this. I always get goosebumps when I see this mighty woman. And seeing this post and poem and thinking of all that’s going on in this world, she gives me hope.

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