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A New Dawn

In the drowse, a blinking street lamp 
watchful eye of sort. 
Once half seen flame, the beacon flickers 
amidst the cobbled slumber. 
Awakened by one ray of hope, 
the sleeping nation rose. 
In perfumed glory, freedom rang, 
undreamt, their dreams emerged 
to light the New Dawn brightest on 
not red, not white, not blue, 
but on the Lady's shadowed grace 
to witness shore to shore. 
And as my trembling hand embraced 
the light that once seemed dim, 
I wiped a sea of tears away 
having lived to see this day.

Copyright © Celeste Butler-Mendez

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  1. Date: 3/1/2009 9:40:00 AM
    Hi, Celeste. This is super stuff! Why haven't I read you before? I'm old and eyesight poor, that's why. But, you can bet, I'll read you some more. We're all full of hope. Love, daver

  1. Date: 3/1/2009 7:41:00 AM
    Contagious enthusiasm, Celeste. I like this lines: "In perfumed glory, freedom rang, / undreamt, their dreams emerged/to light [...]" this is so beautiful. Thanks for let me enjoy your poetry. Ruben.

  1. Date: 2/9/2009 2:53:00 PM
    I'm not sure where I am Celeste ... LOL ... this has an old world feel with its cobbled streets and the lamplighter coming on his rounds ... smile ... ah, I just get it ... the "Lady" is the Statue of Liberty ... okay ... and it is political if in context with the recent election but, it could also be the arrival at Ellis Island by someone ... smile ... love this write can you tell ... LOL ...

  1. Date: 1/17/2009 5:28:00 PM
    This is one of the best political poems I have read in a while. such emotions and truth in this piece. wish my dad could have seen this day. Thoroughly enjoyed the read.