Aboard S.S. Guiseppe Verdi

Aboard S.S. Guiseppe Verdi

They sailed, on the Guiseppe Verdi, here,
This unfamiliar country, New York’s port,
Unlike the Old World. Many died who caught
Diseases en route, illnesses both feared
And difficult to translate, which increased
Their apprehension. Grandma said she thought
Of Viking biers and coffins gently brought
To rest, those lucky morti who had ceased
Discussing coming to America.

Like death’s jewels, feathers fell from pelicans.

LindaAnn LoSchiavo

Photo: Johannes Plenio on Unsplash

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