Mother of Exiles – An Old Immigrant Tale


When I first posted this a year ago, the Syrian War had raged for three years. But this last year as Isis took over more territory, terrified refugees fled in the hundreds of thousands trying to reach Europe, risking their lives to try to get there. Some countries have closed their doors, some even imprisoning the refugees. Now less than a week after terrorist attacks in Paris that killed more than a hundred people and injured more than 400, American politicians want America to stop the many innocent refugees from reaching our shores because of the few terrorists who may be lurking within their numbers. I repost this story of my immigrant history to try to stand in unity with those who yearn for freedom.

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Looking north at JC and Statue of liberty Looking north at JC and Statue of liberty (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On October 27, 1886, the Statue of Liberty was dedicated. On it’s base is a bronze plaque with this poem, of which only a few lines are now remembered…except in the hearts of all the immigrants who came through Ellis Island…or their children and grandchildren.

Plaque of The New Colossus poem by Emma Lazaru... Plaque of The New Colossus poem by Emma Lazarus (“Mother of Exiles”) in the museum inside the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty. Plaque was erected in 1903, see here (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 The New Colossus                                                                                             

Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame, With conquering limbs    …

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About joanneeddy

Writer living in North Carolina. Originally from upstate New York. I love my family, my community, and my friends, and embrace 'living deliberately' in the world, trying to make a difference. I have written an as yet unpublished book, The Call, an epic fantasy with historical fiction and folklore elements. My blog is for other writers, for those who love a good read, and for all who, like me, are looking to find and live their call.
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