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Status of Liberty

Do us a favor
hold back
on your tired, your poor.
We’re no longer real hot
on those yearning to be free.
We left it on the plaque
but no one’s supposed
to read them anyway.
Take the hint,
we closed the Island,
made it a museum
that ought
to tell you something.
Emma’s dead, get it,
and Lazarus, well
just read your Bible.
We closed the sweatshops
and shipped out
all those menial jobs
to Mexico and the Far East
so you’re of little good
to us now.

So stay home
at least until you’re fluent
and can speak at least
one Scandinavian language.


Biography
Louis Faber is a poet and retired attorney and college literature teacher,
residing in Rochester, New York and Coconut Creek, Florida.  His work
has previously appeared in Exquisite Corpse, Rattle, Cold Mountain
Review, Eureka Literary Magazine, Borderlands: the Texas Poetry Review,
Midnight Mind, Pearl, Midstream, European Judaism, Greens Magazine,
The Amethyst Review, Afterthoughts, The South Carolina Review and
Worcester Review,  among many others, and has been nominated for a
Pushcart Prize.  A book of poetry, The Right to Depart, was published by
Plain View Press.  He blogs daily at
anoldwriter.com.
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Published July 7, 2019
Status of Liberty
Special Project: 45 Poems of Protest
by Louis Faber
(Coconut Creek, Florida, USA)