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Barbed wire tongue, crescents bleeding;
Crimsons stains wrung,
Scratches, scrapes, gouges; fight wounds.
Scars criss-cross, linger; priceless
Liberty gnawing, piercing;
Glittering eyes, barbed-teeth maim.
Cages, prisons, iron bars, steel barriers,
Keep-out; empty —
Victory; they’ve decided Lady Liberty’s hollow.
©️Mandibelle16. (2018) All Rights Reserved.
So blessed to have another poem on http://www.spillwords.com. This poem is based off the poem “New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus and is a commentary on current immigration policies in the U.S., now, and in the past, but particularly, in the late 19th century where many Europeans immigrated to the U.S. to escape poverty, persecution, and starvation. Unfortunately, the U.S. was not much better than where they came from. But it was better enough that they could survive even in neighborhoods such as the brutal and famous 5 ‘Points District’ in New York City.
The poem was published in late November and I missed it. But here it is now for your thoughts and enjoyment. It’s called “Giants of Hypocrisy.”
©Mandibelle16.(2017) All Rights Reserved.