#DayofSelfExpression July 1, 2017 – The New Colossus

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There is a creative genius inside all of us.

Whether you are a writer by nature or a writer by necessity spending some time in creative expression each week is important. We at Exploring Expression want to celebrate the muse that lives in us all. Thus The Day of Self Expression was born.

 

Today on #DayofSelfExpression

Today’s feature is a historical selection, “The New Colossus”, a Poem by Emma Lazarus.  Emma Lazarus lived from 1849 to 1887 in New York City.  Although she wrote many poems during her lifetime many of us remember her for this particular poem.  In 1903 an excerpt from The New Colossus was engraved on a bronze plaque inside the Statue of Liberty.

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The New Colossus

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-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Source: Emma Lazarus: Selected Poems and Other Writings (2002)

#DayofSelfExpression Journal Prompt

The earth has been witness to thousands of years of man’s interventions.  Even when events long since passed from the memories of humanity, the repercussions of what we do live on.  The remembrance of our planet is vast.

Journal Assignment for All Ages:

Do you think the words of this poem still apply today?  Why or why not?

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How to be Featured on a Future #DayofSelfExpression

Each week we feature a piece of creative writing by ourselves and others who want to use our site as an outlet for their inspirations. We want to publish a variety of poetry and prose, fiction and nonfiction. stand-alone work and excerpts from longer pieces. Our goal is to explore expression, from every angle and every dimension.

We invite you, our readers, to submit some of your own writing. Include a short bio for us to publish with your work, and if you have one, a link to your own blog or social media. Then watch for your material to be featured in future weeks. ,

A few guidelines:

  • Proofread your own material, as we will not edit your work.
  • Submissions should be less than 1,500 words.
  • All items should be YOUR work, which you have the rights to share
  • We will only print G-rated material that anyone in the family can read.

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