The Statue of Liberty’s Torch

The Statue of Liberty’s Torch

The Statue of Liberty wears a crown
And is armed with a torch
To burn things down

Jails and prisons
Gas and logging
Enterprises’ offices — the capitalists,
and all their accomplices

That’s simple self-defense/
Defense of others, right?

We see, the danger’s clear
It’s here

The financiers, the banks
The records of the debts they let

Those’ll burn well
Oh say, can you tell

From the smell
If they’ve vanished yet?


Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber