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  • Currently, a part of the collection at the
    Museum of Modern Art in New York,
    "Christina's World" still stirs the world
    of art the way it did at its debut. The lonely
    figure, of a seemingly helpless women
    in a wide field, dragging towards a distant
    dream has been making viewers identify with her.

    Annette Labedzki


    Note: This Lament for Lady Liberty is a visual and poetic response to one of the most
    famous American paintings, by Andrew Wyeth, titled "Christina's World." If you are
    not familiar with it, you might enjoy any one of the numerous commentaries on how
    it came into being, and the painting itself.


    Liberty was a dream, a hope we held
    But she fell ill, and could not even walk.
    Liberty was brave, looked to the future,
    but now can barely cross this barren land.

    Liberty once stood so proud, kept watch
    over her children, held off Tyranny.
    Now Liberty turns away and weeps
    hot tears for what’s been lost, what will be lost.

    The high ideals for which she fought still live,
    but slowly fade away into the past.
    Liberty drags herself across this field,
    this desert of the things that have gone wrong.

    She stood there proud and strong, our Guardian
    holding the fierce Barbarians at bay.
    Hers were impossible demands it seems.
    And we have left her in this dying day.

    Is there a hope she can regain her place,
    at center of our Nation’s heart and soul?
    She will not cease her quest, her Mission true,
    she will not die, keeps on, with love and grace.

    (Photograph by Alex in The Wastelands, in the 3-D virtual world of Second Life)
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