There they gathered, where the Monacacy flowed into the Lehigh:
First, the Delawares in their longhouses, families together;
Then the Moravians in their German dormitories,
segregated by age and sex,
Then the Austrians and the Irish
determined to save the Indians
and the Pennsylvania Dutch farmers,
And the English entreprenuers,
looking for work on the south side of the river;
establishing railroads and iron mills and an Episcopalian church,
Finally the gates opened wide, and in rushed the peasants
providing work for the needy;
of Eastern and Southern Europe, leaving behind their plowshares
The furnaces burned twenty-four hours a day, the ingots glowed in the night,
in the hurry to make steel.
odes to the open hearth were recited at the Roosevelt Grill;
Wars were fought, and after the second big one everybody got a car,
even the Hunkies got a piece of the action.
And then it was over.
The mills closed, and the children slipped away, and there was peace.
Just as the Moravians promised the Indians there would be.
-Jospeh E. Illick