Rest Lady Liberty

Manhattan, New York
United States


Beasts of war dwarf her, even as she stands in fore.

Those long-necked mules abreast

put nail after nail in the coffin of concrete conquest.

She stands

    appearing smaller every day

            but She stands.

as a beacon of freedom,

torch lit against the world

we knew her,

Now I wonder if foreigners might look on with disappointment

at the size and lack of grandeur

as we might in Paris at the Eiffel Tower.

The conquest of

Construction will cover our green queen.


    will make her antiquated,

But for those of us

        who climbed Her spine

        who stood watch with Her, vigilant on the Hudson,

Those who have been Her flame        

                and still are,

She has shared the torch.