TIME’s new cover: A reckoning after Trump's border separation policy: What kind of country are we? https://t.co/U4Uf8bffoR pic.twitter.com/sBCMdHuPGc
— TIME (@TIME) June 21, 2018
I prefer Lady Liberty. How 'bout you?Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,With conquering limbs astride from land to land;Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall standA mighty woman with a torch, whose flameIs the imprisoned lightning, and her nameMOTHER OF EXILES. From her beacon-handGlows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes commandThe air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame."Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!" cries sheWith silent lips. "Give me your tired, your poor,Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,I lift my lamp beside the golden door!"
That poem keeps coming back to me. And that Neil Diamond song.
I think of the lines penned by Shelley in his sonnet, "Ozymandias":(...) Two vast and trunkless legs of stoneStand in the desert... near them, on the sand,Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown,And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,Tell that its sculptor well those passions readWhich yet survive, stamped on these lifeless things,The hand that mocked them and the heart that fed;And on the pedestal these words appear:'My name is Ozymandias, king of kings;Look on my works, ye Mighty, and despair!'Nothing beside remains. (...)This, I am sure, will be Trump's only legacy.
Consideration for your fellow manWould not hurt anybody, it sure fits in with my planOver the border, there lies the promised landWhere everything comes easy, you just hold out your handKeep your suspicions, I've seen that look beforeBut I ain't done nothing wrong now, is that such a supriseBut I've got a sister who'd be willing to obligeShe will do anything now to help me get to the outsideSo don't tell anybody what I wanna doIf they find out you know that they'll never let me through, becauseIt's no fun being an illegal alien, I tell yaIt's no fun being an illegal alien, and it's getting me downIt's no fun being an illegal alien, no no no no noIt's no fun being an illegal alien, yeah yeah yeah
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