WHAT SHE SAW
I stand here for generations watching
the tired the poor the huddled masses
pretending to look beyond them,
into some ideal time when all learn
the need for the progress of humanity,
the need to include, accept, encompass.
Its not that I don’t think about those grand ideals,
but what I really watch daily is the island –
developing slowly to transcend
even my wildest dreams of liberty,
the maturing, collective knowledge
of the human mind in its service.
Buildings grow – to accommodate,
unite nations. The World Trade Center!
The name alone was enough to give me reason
for standing here, waiting, all these years.
the mistakes, the overwhelming struggles
of people too close to each other,
people needing to be free
by suppressing someone else.
But today, watching
all the wonders of civilization
to destroy themselves and others,
is the worst of my life.
I will require
great and steady vision
to learn to see