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The Voyage of Annie Moore

The Voyage of Annie Moore

She stood shivering in the night

Her siblings never far from sight

The fog was hanging thick in the air

As they stood waiting saying a silent prayer

Tonight the journey will be across the ocean

On the high seas a future, stirring emotion

A new country lured them away from gloom

A place of adventure with more than enough room

The possibilities she could no longer ignore

For these were the dreams of Annie Moore

This was the night she would bid farewell

to the old country, but feelings she could not quell

Just a seventeen-year old girl with young brothers at her side

Courage she would need to project and never hide

This Irish girl from a riparian village on the river Lee

Called County Cork her home but yearned to be free

Blessed with the gift of the fight

She would survive this journey in her own right

Fearless and free her future had called

Not thinking twice, her confidence unequalled

The voyage would be long and Christmas spent at sea

But soon to be reunited with her family

She did not need any holiday feast

Intent on battling the hunger beast

She counted four long years since her parents emigrated

Leaving a very young Annie and her little brothers truncated

After twelve erratic days at sea their incredible journey was complete

Their energy low and almost deplete

The arrival was memorable as they stepped onshore

The cheering crowd at Ellis Island did welcome Annie Moore

 

Christine Bolton – Poetry for Healing ©

Word Prompts:

Riparian

Feast

Erratic

Incredible

Annie Moore, from Ireland, departed what is now Cobh, in County Cork by steamship on December 20, 1891. She was the first immigrant processed through the new Immigration Building, Ellis Island, New York on January 1, 1892.  Twin statues like the one pictured here have been erected in Cobh and Ellis Island.

For more information on Annie Moore’s immigration CLICK HERE

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