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Fran Rall: Poems about Madison's toppled statues

Fran Rall: Poems about Madison's toppled statues

Dear Editor: In light of current events, here is a poem from my book, "The Unspoken Word," 2014:

Ms. Forward Speaks

First consider the dates:

Sculpted by a Wisconsin woman in 1893,

Saved from the burning of the Capitol in 1904,

Now in 1998, standing here firmly,

I am the oldest thing around!

What an epic!

Who would have guessed I would be such a survivor?

Proper for the age, with classic dress, flag and upheld hand.

How French!

First hammered out of copper like my sister, Liberty,

I stood through two moves, repairs, and a bronze makeover;

All paid for by the women of Wisconsin.

Good on you Sisters. Why the long wait for the vote?

(What terrible fear kept postponing it?)

All we were asking for was a Square Deal.

And from "Common Joy II," 1994:

Colonel Hans Christian Heg

Christian Heg, back turned to the pettifoggers,

Stands guard over the Farmers' Market.

Upright as asparagus

He smells coffee and sausages

But keeps his figure in check with

Carrots, broccoli, basil and

Queen Anne's Lace.

Fran Rall


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