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September 30, 2006

American tune
Posted by Patrick at 04:08 PM *

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs and trunkless legs of stone
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned. From her beacon-hand
Which yet survives, stamp’d on these lifeless things,
Half sunk, a shatter’d visage lies, cries she
With silent lips: “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,”
Nothing beside remains: round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare,
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

(—Avram Grumer, from comments)

Comments on American tune:
#1 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 04:24 PM:

Would it be quibbling if I were to point out that "sunset gates" seems, while poetically consistent, factually errant?

***people hurl shoes, pots, bricks***

Sorry.

#3 ::: Fragano Ledgister ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 05:29 PM:

For much of the twentieth century, some Americans, fleeing racism and seeking opportunity, found a home in the place where the Statue of Liberty was made. At least one, Josephine Baker, was honoured by the state for her contribution to the defence of its liberty.

#4 ::: j h woodyatt ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 05:47 PM:

Ah yes, we are living on the Planet of the Domesticated North African Plains Apes.

#5 ::: Lis Riba ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 10:23 PM:
First they came for the fourth amendment,
and I did not speak out, because I didn't deal drugs.
Then they came for the fifth amendment,
and I was silent because I owned no property involved in crimes.
Then they came for the sixth amendment,
and I did not protest because I was innocent.
Then they came for the second amendment,
and I said nothing because I didn't own a gun.
And then they came for the first amendment,
and I could say nothing at all.
by Anonymous
found on the internet
#6 ::: Jon Baker ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 10:33 PM:

Brooklyn, boro of immigrants, is east of the Statue of Liberty, so "sunset gates" doesn't sound that inappropriate.

#8 ::: Keir ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 11:22 PM:

La liberté qui éclairait le monde.

#9 ::: Patrick Nielsen Hayden ::: (view all by) ::: September 30, 2006, 11:54 PM:

From where I live in Brooklyn, the sun frequently sets right behind the S of L.

#10 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: October 01, 2006, 02:07 AM:

The Statue of Liberty is in the direction of the sunset, looked at from Europe, or boats coming over the Atlantic.

The Planet of the Apes angle didn't occur to me till a few hours after I'd posted it. Just as well; if it had, I'd probably have tried to shoehorn in some kind of clumsy "You maniacs, you blew it up!"/habeus corpus imagery.

#11 ::: Lizzy L ::: (view all by) ::: October 01, 2006, 10:32 AM:

Avram, I love the poem. But I'm 3000 miles to the west. Everything except Hawaii and bits of Alaska is east of me. It was a teeny weeny yellow polka dot quibble.

#12 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: October 01, 2006, 10:53 AM:

I saw the "first they came for the fourth amendment" in the 90s in a letter to the Norfolk _Pilot_. I was impressed. At the time, I thought it was original, but who can say? I clipped it. If I happen upon it again, I'll note the letter writer's name.

#13 ::: Kip W ::: (view all by) ::: October 01, 2006, 10:54 AM:

Avram, that's brilliant. I wish to hell there'd been no need for you to write it.

#14 ::: Avram ::: (view all by) ::: October 01, 2006, 02:26 PM:

Lizzy, are you aware that the "sunset gates" phrase is from one of the two source poems?

#15 ::: Professor Zero ::: (view all by) ::: October 04, 2006, 10:55 PM:

I came to say what Kip W already said:
"Avram, that's brilliant. I wish to hell there'd been no need for you to write it."

#16 ::: Professor Zero ::: (view all by) ::: October 04, 2006, 11:21 PM:

I came to say what Kip W already said:
"Avram, that's brilliant. I wish to hell there'd been no need for you to write it."

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