Give me your tired, your poor . . .

statue-of-libertyInscribed on a plaque inside the base of the Statue of Liberty is the following sonnet by Emma Lazarus, entitled “New Colossus:”

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With 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-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

This blog is about not only my own writing, but also that of other writers and poets. Here is a poem by one who agrees with the throngs of people demonstrating against President Trump’s executive order that temporarily prohibits entry into the United States of migrants from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Libya, and Somalia. The writer prefers to remain anonymous, but encourages you to share freely without attribution.


What is it ? Is it an actual name, a surname ?
Is it a name registered on his or her birth certificate ?
Or is it substitute for a more complex name,
a simplification of a name
meant to fit atop a hotel or a casino
or meant for self-glorification ?

Well, TRUMP is a verb from a card game.
“I’ll TRUMP you.
I can solve all problems single-handedly.
I am the GREATEST.
I have the best information.
I can make the best deals.
I, I, I, me, me, me.
Yes, single-handedly.
I will TRUMP you.”playing-cards-9s

Well, TRUMP is a noun from a card game.
What is TRUMP ?
When I boast about my wealth, my hotels,
my golf courses, my casinos, my FABULOUS houses,
my wealthy, influential friends,
my GREAT business deals,

What is TRUMP ?

When I make lewd comments about a woman,
or grab a woman’s ass,
or assault a woman,
or cavort with prostitutes,
then HEARTS are TRUMP.

What is TRUMP ?
When I enthusiastically avow
torture and waterboarding of prisoners,
when I condemn all Muslims, Mexicans, other groups,
when I place “America First”
above free trade and cooperation with allies,
when I ridicule the physically handicapped
and shout down the free press,
when I use the “bully pulpit” to bully others,
when I TWEET false “truths” and half-truths,
then CLUBS are TRUMP.

What is TRUMP ?
When I put my hand on the Bible
and swear to uphold the Constitution
and the Laws of the United States of America,
then sign an Executive Order
that deliberately usurps those laws,
sending lawfully “vetted” refugees,
immigrants with “green cards,” permanent U.S status,
back to the countries they have fled from,
opening the possibility of them being buried
in the brutality of civil war,
then SPADES are TRUMP.

What is TRUMP ?
An action verb used to glorify oneself
and stomp on others less militant, more fragile.
A noun from a card game,
in this case denoting
ostentatious wealth,
free-wheeling sexuality,
clubbing your opposition,
burying Constitutionally enacted laws
with Executive Orders.                                                                                                                                                                January 19, 2017

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