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Give us your tired, your poor by Raymond A. Foss

The hope of America, in the words of liberty
the hope of a new life, in freedom
“Give us your tired, your poor,
your huddled masses, yearning…”

All of them, praying, hoping,
for the abundance of freedom
freedom from want, from oppression
from tyranny of all kinds

That we would be for the world that same beacon
that we would offer that refuge
that land of opportunity
this land of plenty

No one should be hungry,
in this connected world,
none should have that fear of starvation,
of privation any longer

The storehouses should be emptied
hope given in the bread, the water
the essentials of life given
out of our bounty

None should know hunger, poverty
all should give, and all should receive
so all will never know need again
On this day, this is my prayer.

October 14, 2008
Acts 2:43-47
Acts 4:32-35
and lines from the poem, “The New Colossus”,
about the Statue of Liberty, by Emma Lazarus
October 15, 2008
Blog Action Day, poverty
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