That Sunday, a sharp sun exposed otherwise
unnotable, the Colts. They drew their footman
from his weekly rest, in crisp September air,
took their carriage downtown from an 89th Street
brownstone, to watch an afternoon’s entertainment —
foreigners, arriving from Ellis Island. The Colts,
gowned in ivory and gold, ladies’ feathered hats
bobbing in the breeze, gentlemen caped, strolled
the lawn of Castle Garden, laughed into their gloves,
circled a ragged troop babbling in a hundred tongues,
who stepped off ragged boats, and fell to ground,
weeping in accents thick as knives, Amerika!
This poem first appeared in ForPoetry.com in 2001.
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Alyssa A. Lappen is a U.S.-based investigative journalist. She is the former Managing Editor at the Leeb Group (2012-2017); a former Senior Fellow of the American Center for Democracy (2005-2008); and a former Senior Editor of Institutional Investor (1993-1999), Working Woman (1991-1993) and Corporate Finance (1991).
She served six of her 12 years at Forbes (1978-1990) as an Associate Editor. Ms. Lappen was also a staff reporter at The New Haven Register (1975-1977).
During a decade as a freelance, her work appeared in Big Peace, Pajamas Media, Front Page Magazine, American Thinker, Right Side News, Family Security Matters, the Washington Times and many other Internet and print journals. Ms. Lappen also contributed to the Terror Finance Blog, among others.
She supports the right of journalists worldwide to write without fear or restriction on politics, governments, international affairs, terrorism, terror financing and religious support for terrorism, among other subjects.
Ms. Lappen is also an accomplished poet. Her first full-length collection, The Minstrel's Song, was published by Cross-Cultural Communications in April 2015. Her poems have been published in the 2nd 2007 edition of Blood to Remember: American Poets on the Holocaust and both 2007 issues of Wales' award-winning Seventh Quarry: Swansea Poetry Magazine.
Dozens of her poems have appeared in print and online literary journals and books. She won the 2000 annual Ruah: A Journal of Spiritual Poetry chapbook award and has received a Harvard Summer Poetry Prize and several honorable mentions.
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