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Haiku: Immortalized as Lady Liberty…

27/12/2012

“The Statue of Liberty is no longer saying, ‘Give me your poor, your tired, your huddled masses.’ She’s got a baseball bat and yelling, ‘You want a piece of me?” Robin Williams

Haiku: Immortalized in Stone...

Haiku: Immortalized as Lady Liberty

Lady Liberty…
Mine, cast in stone, struggles free
Want a piece of me?

Copper, Wrought Iron
Her old clothes… tossed casually
She wants to be free

Suffering Lady
On a painful pedestal
Dashed dreams… Hopes for peace

Why is it significant? She stands for the hope, fears and tears many immigrants live with in a new land. She is the epitome of the hopeful and the hopeless cocooned by a tough exterior that hides life’s disappointments and pain… There is opportunity in the distance. More below

“I’ve always had a strong feeling for the Statue of Liberty, because it became the statue of my personal liberty.” David Antin

Haiku: Immortalized as Lady Liberty...

Haiku: Immortalized as Lady Liberty…

Won’t go willingly
She trusts her wounds will recede
Life’s … a mystery

Lady Liberty
She is me, tired but free
Nursing … ancient dreams

Immortalized as the Statue of Liberty gives hope and freedom a chance of survival… Yes, I pray so. Happy Holidays to All! What Statue immortalized you in stone?  Why was it significant?

This post was inspired by a prompt from WP Daily Post: Daily Prompt: Immortalized in Stone… Your personal sculptor is carving a person, thing or event from the last year of your life. What’s the statue of and what makes it so significant?
And Weekly Writing Challenge: Just Do It! Your challenge: post every day for a full week. We’re excited to see what you’ll post about — be sure to tag your post DPchallenge so that we can follow your progress.

*Please bear with me as I catch up on your blogs and commenting… I’m back on track; albeit at a slow pace. Thank you all for your patience! :-)

Positive Motivation Tip: The Statue of Liberty reminds us of our struggles, hopes and dreams… Keep them alive.

PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS: All Photos Statue of Liberty via Wikipedia, via Flickr, or via my personal collection

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
Positive Kismet

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51 Comments leave one →
  1. 27/12/2012 9:06 pm

    I like this…well done.

    • 27/12/2012 9:09 pm

      TY Granny! You are so kind. Happy Holidyas to you and yours! :-)

  2. 27/12/2012 10:07 pm

    I love Robin Williams … he’s hilarious. That quote is pretty awesome. Good find.

    • 27/12/2012 10:08 pm

      I couldn’t let that one go… It was too funny! And it inspired me too. TY! :lol: TY!

  3. 27/12/2012 10:30 pm

    She reminds me of my great grandparents who came over from Italy and she was the first thing they saw. Love the quotes! And great take on the prompt. :-)

    • 28/12/2012 12:57 pm

      I can only imagine what it was like for the early immigrants arriving in NY… Lots of great pictures at the immigrants museum. TY! :-)

  4. 27/12/2012 10:53 pm

    Thanks so much for a lovely haiku poem on the statue of liberty, a symbol of freedom, democracy, hope and dream. i visited the statue of liberty some years ago. i was inspired at that time. Similarly, I am inspired by your haiku today.

    • 28/12/2012 12:58 pm

      TY for your comment… She inspires me too and then I wonder what would happen if she moved and talked. :lol:

      • 28/12/2012 9:30 pm

        I believe the Statue of Liberty is in the heart of many people. So it does move and speak!

      • 31/12/2012 4:46 pm

        I would like to thank you for being #2 on my commenters list in 2012. It has been a pleasure knowing you and reading your beautiful blogs. You have been wonderful in responding to each of my comments. And you gave lots of support to mine. Thanks again, and I wish you a very happy new year!

      • 03/01/2013 2:52 am

        TY Denise! I’m glad to read this and wish you much success in 2013! ;-)

    • 03/01/2013 2:50 am

      There you go… well said. I was thinking like actually get off that stand and walk among us… :-)

  5. 28/12/2012 2:04 am

    I love the Statue of Liberty. She welcomed both sets of my grandparents into America – legally. And made for some of the most memorable class trips of my life – once as a 6th grader and many times as a teacher.

    • 28/12/2012 12:59 pm

      When I visited here, there were class groups everywhere. It’s a fav school trip destination. TY! :-)

  6. 28/12/2012 4:58 am

    I really loved this post, i think you are very talented! :)

    • 28/12/2012 1:00 pm

      You are so kind… TY for the compliment; it’s very generous and I’m still learning a lot about haiku so Merci! :-)

  7. 28/12/2012 6:38 am

    Wonderful quotes and poem. Thank you for your positive motivation tip!

  8. 28/12/2012 6:43 am

    I wish I could put a statue like this here in Wisconsin. I don’t know what it would be….

    • 28/12/2012 1:01 pm

      What a riot! They’d love it in Wis! Maybe we should do a fundraiser? love you lady! :lol:

      • 28/12/2012 2:16 pm

        I think so!! You would think they would have more attractions here with the water… We just need a bit of style!!!

    • 03/01/2013 12:52 am

      Make a proposal and see what happens. ;-)

      • 03/01/2013 6:39 am

        True… We’ll see. . . I would hate for it to be something dumb like a slice of cheese or something…

  9. 28/12/2012 7:43 am

    Oh, Elizabeth, these haiku are so well written and very original. Well done. :-)

    • 28/12/2012 1:02 pm

      TY Cee and that’s an honor coming from a Haiku Queen!!! Hope all is going along well? TY! :-)

  10. 28/12/2012 8:40 am

    You can’t but stand at her base and stare up in awe. Great post, Eliz. She is a stunner. :-)

    • 28/12/2012 1:03 pm

      She is a stunner… Very powerful presence up close too. TY! :-)

  11. 28/12/2012 11:02 am

    Beautiful Haiku again Eliz! How on earth do you do it? :-)

    • 28/12/2012 1:04 pm

      Madhu, I’m glad you asked. I don’t!!! The Muse/Grace does and sometimes, I get nothing. TY! :-)

  12. 28/12/2012 11:37 am

    I am amazed how you can take all the Daily Press prompts and turn them into gold pieces of peace, Eliz. I love this re-vision of Lady Liberty.
    The stanza:
    “Suffering Lady
    On a painful pedestal
    Dashed dreams… Hopes for peace”
    resonates with not only America’s dashed dreams, but also those grieving mothers in Newtown and beyond.
    Thank you for this powerful post.

    • 28/12/2012 1:06 pm

      TY for your insightful feedback… Some of the prompts speak to me in powerful ways and push old stuff to the surface… then grace sweeps it out or forward… you know what I mean. TY! :-)

  13. rimassolosailingaroundtheworldm permalink
    28/12/2012 1:27 pm

    Thank you for sharing a pictures,well done.HAPPY NEW YEAR!

  14. 28/12/2012 2:53 pm

    I had not seen her in person for 40 years and as we took a harbor cruise over Christmas and sailed past her, I could not help but be moved thinking about all the hopes and dreams she represents. Lovely, thoughtful post ~ Kat

    • 03/01/2013 12:55 am

      Yes, she is quite the force on the NY harbor… TY! :-)

  15. 29/12/2012 12:25 am

    I enjoy your haikus! And I love contemplating the many facets of the Great Lady! I don’t have any idea what statue would immortalize me. What a very interesting question, actually. I’ll have to give that some serious thought!

    • 03/01/2013 12:58 am

      Go right ahead and you might surprise yourself. I had no idea about an appropriate statue when I started working on the post and as I contemplated it… She surfaced… :-)

  16. 29/12/2012 9:30 am

    I’m a huge fan of Lady Liberty! Going through Ellis Island is an amazing journey, as well. The strength, trust and fortitude it took for our ancestors to walk through that place is awe inspiring!
    Thanks Elizabeth!
    b

    • 03/01/2013 12:59 am

      TY and your words echo my sentiments about Lady Liberty… dynamite. TY!

  17. 29/12/2012 5:29 pm

    Lovely! Thank you for your great haikus throughout the year! Wishing you all the best for 2013…

  18. 01/01/2013 3:46 am

    I love these haiku.

  19. 01/01/2013 1:08 pm

    this is beautiful, great job!

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