STATUE OF LIBERTY
If the Statue of Liberty could talk,
What would she say to citizens today?
She might say, “I would not give the keys to my heart
To everyone by capricious whim.
There are those I would keep out,
And those I would invite in.
I would open the doors each day
And smile at those who come to work or pray,
An island greeting those who are ready to share,
The opportunities and love discovered here.
Those who come with bigotry and hate
And those who haven’t learned to celebrate
I would ask them to wait.
My land is home for the weary, a place of hope,
A place they can adjust and learn to cope,
A place to shake fear from timid heart,
Leaving violence behind and getting a new start.
The keys to my heart would only be given
To those with new lives to begin.
This country was founded on blood, grit, and tears.
On that basis I have lasted for years.
To those who are here to prey
And steal all precious dreams away,
There should not be left any doubt.
I would select many to come in,
But there are those I would keep out.”
August 4, 2017