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Date: Monday, January 1, 2001 
Question/Topic: Poem - Lady of Freedom Among us, by Rita Dove about the Statue of Freedom on the dome of the U.S. Capitol 
Answer/Pointer: Lady of Freedom among us This poem was written and ready by Rita Dove to commemorate don't lower your eyes Oct. 23 [1993] return of the Statue of Freedom to the dome of the or stare straight ahead to where U.S. Capitol. The statue had been taken down for restoration you think you ought to be going (Tallahassee Democrat 11/28/93) 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 with her stained cheeks and whispers and heaped up trinkets she has risen among us in blunt reproach she has fitted her hair under a hand-me-down cap and spruced it up with feathers and stars slung over one shoulder she bears the rainbowed layers of charity and murmurs all of you and even the least of you don't cross to the other side of the square don't think another item to fit on a tourist's agenda consider her drenched gaze her shining brow she who has brought mercy back into the streets and will not retire politely to the potter's field having assumed the thick skin of this town its gritted exhaust its sunscorch and blear she rests her weathered plumage bigboned resolute don't think you can ever forget her don't even try she's not going to budge no choice but to grant her space crown her with sky for she is one of the many and she is each of us. 
Librarian: LCLCPL 

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