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HOLDING LADY LIBERTY’S HAND
By Paul Lee
You would think that holding Lady Liberty’s hand
Would be like holding a hand of stone.
A hand warmed only by the tears from her motherly eyes.
When I asked to hold Lady Liberty’s hand
She said in a soft voice that only thought could hear:
Tell me that these are times for love.
When I asked to hold your hand you said:
No. These are not times for love or for babies.
These are times when tides and tears overflow.
Then I said: there were better times when
We had jfk and rfk and mlk.
Before they were struck down, they taught us
To dream big and dream of babies.
Lady Liberty danced with our past heros, who built
Our foundation with stone and words. Now, she is a widow
And she dreams with us, her children,
As we repair those stones and remember those words.
She no longer waits for a hero. But she waits for us
To learn from the past and make the future
In our own image
With our dreams and with our votes.
© 2018 by Paul Lee