2008 is the International Year of the Potato. I heard that on the radio today and Iâ€™m glad that the potato finally is getting the credit it deserves as a tuber that has done more for mankind than any other.
According to the Chinese calendar, February 2008 ushers in the Year of the Rat. Iâ€™m looking for the bright side in that. While rats are not known as being visionary and altruistic, they also donâ€™t herd together or get religion. So maybe we can deal with honest rats who simply want to get their hunk of cheese. Although the rats could do a lot of damage to the potatoes, weâ€™ll just have to draft some cats.
I bought a copy of the â€˜Sunâ€™. Not the â€˜Baltimore Sunâ€™. This is the lurid, tabloid â€˜Sunâ€™ you read in the supermarket. Itâ€™s got 100 secret Bible prophesies for this year so now Iâ€™m prepared.
Iâ€™m trying to scope out the â€˜08 zeitgeist. I got a mass email that said that immigrants are demanding to blow up the Statue of Liberty. Then I went to the Showcase Cinema and there was a big poster of a blown up Statue of Liberty. Coincidence? I think not.
I donâ€™t know why all this hostility to one of our cherished national symbols, but when the going gets tough they always rag on the women.
Anyway, for no particular reason I want to ring in the New Year with Emma Lazarusâ€™ inspiring poem that is inscribed on the tablets that Liberty holds, and long may she wave.
The New Colossus
Not like the brazen giant of Greek fame,
With conquering limbs astride from land to land;
Here at our sea-washed, sunset gates shall stand
A mighty woman with a torch, whose flame
Is the imprisoned lightning, and her name
Mother of Exiles. From her beacon-hand
Glows world-wide welcome; her mild eyes command
The air-bridged harbor that twin cities frame.
“Keep ancient lands, your storied pomp!” cries she
With silent lips. “Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”
Happy New Year everyone!