Subject: A New York Disaster
From: Christopher W. Thomas (poetlaureate@poetic.com)
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Date: Tues June 15, 1999 at 6:57PM

A New York Disaster


Ninety-five years ago, on this day
Hundreds of folks' lives went astray
When over a thousand devout Lutherans
Were caught in a steamer fire at once ...

Most were the women of St. Mark's
Who'd planned the excursion till dark
A thousand tickets sold, with children free
So the boat was filled with joy and gaiety

And an hour out of the harbor at East Third
An enormous explosion amidship was heard
Followed by a raging fire spreading in five
(Those long minutes as most, burned alive)

Poor young children ... some jumped to death
(No real choice between fire and the icy breadth)
Whole families were wiped out on that very day
As the General Slocum self-immolated in the bay

- Tristram

Christopher W. Thomas
5:27pm Tuesday, June 15th, 1999

NB
The estimate was 1000 lives lost.
Only 693 bodies were recovered.