The Oceans Where the Colossus Sinks
Updated: Mar 13
--After Emma Lazarus ("New Colossus")
Percy Shelley ("Ozymandias")--
I met a brazen giant,
Who said—“I’ve seen the future, and in it
I am forgotten; no longer
Stand in the awe of, and remain
Half sunk below the sea-washed, sunset gates;
And wrinkled are the rusty flakes of my copper lip.
And the people who worshipped me
Tell that the world-wide welcome
Which yet survived no longer does
to command any air-bridged harbor;
The hand that adorned a beacon,
And on the beacon, the flame extinguished.
My name is Mother of Exiles
the mother of mothers.
Look on my burial grounds that yet be drowned--
Nothing beside me but the water I shall sleep in--
and see the copper covered iron body of mine;
Of that colossal Wreck. Boundless and bare
The lone and level waves stretch far away.”