Colossus Crushes the Caged Birdhttps://i0.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/lock.jpg?fit=1920%2C1326&ssl=119201326Raisa ElhadiRaisa Elhadihttps://i0.wp.com/barrenmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/02/IMG_20180629_224909_353-e1550109435767.jpg?fit=83%2C96&ssl=1
give me your
give me your
– tired – tired – a long hot walk –
tired – your eyelids drooping – the swimming desert – your last few steps – you’re tired
give me your tired / your poor
your poor – souls? poor poor souls – bodies – your tired poor bodies
last dollars to the dogs –
long-fingered coyotes – their hands –
cold sweat / hot night / dark night on their hands / and the one who carries you to freedom holds your tit in his hands / your poor –
(give me the ones who can pay the application fees)
give me your tired your poor your huddled masses yearning to breathe free
breathe air / no air in the desert / no air in the cage / in the cage / breathe free / ?
yearning to breathe free –
the wretched refuse of your shithole countries
give me your tired – poor – wretched / no air in the cage – breathe free
send these, the homeless!
the homeless! send them to the cage!
the tempest-tost! no air in the desert!
the tempest / the desert / desert-tost / send them to the cage
yearning to breathe free /
I lift my lamp beside the prison door!
Raisa Elhadi is a Lebanese-American writer based in Minneapolis. Her work focuses on themes of identity, heritage, culture, and current events, and primarily takes the form of poetry and creative nonfiction.