Jacob Riis, Reporter


My first assignment as a Reporter
Faint in hallway
Eventually land on TribunePolice Headq
Stayed 25 years – not willingly – after
one year wanted to get out – was made
to stay – Jonah one of us, sure.
Compelled there to see the seamy side
of everything, I looked behind the
gore and the grime of it for the cause
I saw the procession of young rapscallions
headed for the jail and the gallows;
[I stood at the wicket-gate]

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