Give Us Your Tired

Emma Lazarus was a Jewish-American poet/activist whose work is an example of how a poem can immortalize a person, a thought, and a voice. Us being New Yorkers and it being Jewish-American Heritage month, we figured that she makes great inspiration for this week’s prompt.

Lazarus kinda/sorta/definitely killed it with her sonnet “The New Colossus“, an excerpt of which is immortalized on a plaque that sits nestled at Lady Liberty’s Foot. You’ve probably heard those famous lines, because they’re kind of a big deal:

Give me your tired, your poor

your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.

There’s much more to that poem, much more majesty and beauty than those lines can even begin to convey. Seriously, you should really go read it.

As for your own writing, we ask you, this week, to write from the perspective of Lady Liberty. If you get stuck,  return to the images and phrases of Emma Lazarus’ powerful poem/statement on immigration, freedom, and compassion.