Don’t Lower Manhattan

Don’t Lower Manhattan,
Keep your heads held high.
Don’t have any truck with evil and
Let West Side show your best side.
We all come to you,
We’ll still come to you.
We know you can show us,
The city with a pace and a grace
That will get you through this outrage.
Don’t alter your sidewalk geography,
Don’t falter on the altar of exclusion or
Illusion of a yet more secure existence
By locking all the locks and freezing your liberty.
For those who remain, it’s the struggle
To balance freedom, and tame
The terror and the tantrums of insane
Acts by dangerous people.
For those who have gone, you will long
Be remembered in the city that neither sleeps,
Nor forgets.

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