Friday, September 14, 2012
"The New Colossus" is a sonnet by Emma Lazarus, written in 1883 and, in 1903, engraved on a bronze plaque and mounted inside the lower level of the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. However "TMM/Yellowbeetle Collaborations" would like to give you the sonnet they found on a plaque at a different location in New York-
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering GGBs astride from Euro land;
Here at our debt-washed, subgrade shores shall stand
A mighty man with a speech, whose flame
Is the liberated easing, and his name
Father of printing. From his QE-hands
Glow world-wide bids; his mild beard commands
The air-head policy that twin mandates frame.
"Keep, Asian lands, your new found wealth!" cries he
With silent lips. "Give me tired bonds, your poor-performing loans,
Your huddled assets yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming book
Send these, the homeless, rating-lost to me,
I lift my balance sheet, behold the golden floor!