The Statue of Liberty Soliloquy BY Jim Johnson Give me your poor, your mouth breathing, your drooling Give me your tired masses. I have floors to clean, tables to set, guests to feed. Give me preferably your Scandinavians. I have shoes to shine. So hurry up now, give me your Blacks. I have laundry. Give me a few Orientals. I have flowers, lawns to trim, fruit trees. How about some Latinos. I have boats to unload. Give me some Irish then. I have minerals to mine. Give me any from the slag heaps of Europe. I have this thin soil to till. So send me some serfs. I have trees to cut. Finns will do. Just give me your workers, your farmers. Give me your all. I exclude no one ? not even democrats. Socialists, communists, intellectuals excepted. I have so much work to do.
This tribute to both immigrants and labor was written by 2008 Duluth Poet Laureate Jim Johnson.