Perhaps it would be fitting to cover in black crepe the following words from “The New Colossus,” written by Emma Lazarus in 1883 and engraved over the Statue of Liberty’s main entrance in 1945. She wrote:

“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she with silent lips.

 “Give me your tired, your poor,

Your huddled masses yearning to be free,

The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

She is called “Mother of Exiles.”

Peggy Studney

Oak Park


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