Poet's Choice by Rita Dove "Lady Freedom Among Us"

By Rita Dove
Sunday, March 15, 2009

I read this poem at the ceremony commemorating the 200th anniversary of the United States Capitol and the restoration of the Statue of Freedom to the Capitol dome on October 23, 1993. It was first published in the Congressional Record of the same day.


don't lower your eyes

or stare straight ahead to where

you think you ought to be going


don't mutter oh no

not another one

get a job fly a kite

go bury a bone


with her oldfashioned sandals

with her leaden skirts

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