A New Inscription

For The Statue of Liberty

The lamp once was a beacon.  Now the     hand
holds high a searchlight, torch, a burning flame
exposing all the exiles, all who came
unasked in search of liberty.  Our land
is full, our steel gate closed.  Those who demand
a chance to live in freedom now will name
our border guard lady Mother of Shame:
the rich protected, refugees are banned.
“No sanctuary here, no room,”  she cries
with rigid lips.  “No welcome at our door
for homeless masses struggling to rise
above the hunger, pain, disease and war
in lands where they were born.  Compassion dies.
I send the poor back to El Salvador.”

    [Published in The Presbyterian Outlook]


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