Out In the Harbor

There, out in the harbor,

with her back to the madding,

stands the old noble Lady

with her torch and her crown.

Just the sight of her back,

and her book, and her beacon

still thrills me the most

on my way into town.


She stands on her island,

stands for Hope and for Liberty.

She stands in all weather,

and without moment’s rest.

She stands and she beckons,

she cries and she offers

the salve of sweet Freedom

to all the oppressed.


She stands when I watch her,

doesn’t cease when I don’t.

Her charge is unending,

and eternal as the sea.

She stands in the best of times,

shines brightest in the worst,

She’s a light in great darkness,

she’s Lady Liberty.

January 30, 2020

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