Liberty Lies Low

Written for:  Poets United Midweek Motif~Lady Liberty  (posted by Susan)
“Speak to Lady Liberty, or let Her speak in your new poem. Is Ms. Liberty someone you know?”

woman scorned

By Jessica Toby Lustig (2017)

My eyes weep
at promises
you did not keep.

Belittled yearning
of those
who seek learning

Closed your doors
to all desperate for
asylum on your shores

My torch is unlit
my crown cracking
I am no longer fit
to serve as Lady Liberty

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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16 Responses to Liberty Lies Low

  1. I can see Lady Liberty quitting, for sure, the way things are going.


  2. Rall says:

    Yep …she has booked her ticket back to France.


  3. susan chast says:

    Yikes! She can’t retire! Out of sight, out of mind. Good poem!


  4. mhmp77 says:


    Closed your doors
    to all desperate for
    asylum on your shores

    Families separated and repatriated, a tragedy all man-made. A pity (from a bad policy?) Great for highlighting it



  5. therisa says:

    Sara, your poem captured, what Susan was hoping her writing prompt would inspire. A bitter sadness that can’t be whitewashed away with tweets or phony news conferences.


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