14. The Statue of Liberty

By Barry Moreno

I probably shouldn’t really count this one.  It is only 126 pages, and it is mostly pictures.

I’ve wanted to see the Statue of Liberty (actual name:  Liberty Enlightening the World) for as long as I can remember.  We finally went on a spur-of-the-moment trip to New York last October, andI bought this book on Liberty Island.  This statue is a really impressive statue to me.  I like what it stands for, but I’m also impressed with how it was made and has been maintained and repaired over the years.

I wish I could live on the island with her and go all the way up to the torch.

This statue and David – my two favorites.

The New Colossus

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 twins cities frame.

“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!”

cries she with silent lips.

“Give me your tired, your poor,

your huddled masses yearning to breath free,

the wretched refuse of your teeming shore.  

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me.  

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

Take that, Trump!

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