Lady of Liberty
Lady of Liberty and Mother of Freedom and Justice to All,
who offers her welcome to whomever may call,
be them rich, poor or oppressed,
she stands watch in her robes, so dressed,
a gift of friendship from France to the U.S.
dedicated in 1886 and designated a National Monument in 1924,
an historic landmark to its very core.
she passed her torch from Bedloe’s to the renamed Liberty Island,
never frowned, but kept on smiling.
she raised her torch of eternal light and freedom upwards toward the heavenly clouds,
evoking cries and tears of emotion from the visiting crowds.
so, thanks to the great genius of Bartholdi and Eiffel, our symbol
of freedom still stands by the bay,
to signal all passing through, that liberty, justice and the
pursuit of happiness and opportunity in America is here to stay,
in the good ole U.S.A.
~Joseph P. Martino, Poet, Writer, World Traveler