The following two poems speak to being open, welcoming and inclusive. In HEC, we make these attributes a central part of our creed. As you read these poems, we offer these questions for reflection:
- Is America living up to the ideals espoused in “The New Colossus” that are carved into the Statue of Liberty?
- What do you think led Langston Hughes to write his “Prayer” when he mediated upon the Statue of Liberty? What is he calling forth from each of us as a response?
- Is HEC a welcoming and inclusive community? Give reasons for your answer.
- How can HEC become an even more inclusive and open community?
Feel free to add your responses to any of these questions in the comments below, or just share your thoughts on the idea of being an open, welcoming and inclusive community!
“The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus (written for the Statue of Liberty)
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep, ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
“Prayer” by Langston Hughes
Gather up – in the arms of your pity – the sick, the depraved, the desperate, the tired,
All the scum of our weary city.
Gather up – in the arms of your pity. Gather up – in the arms of your love,
Those who expect no love from above…
Don’t forget to add your responses to the reflection questions, or just thoughts you’d like to share, in the comments box below!