Columbus Discovered

Ever since anniversary which became resolved as Encounter 500, the name Christopher Columbus has conjured up the image of a man who has been lost to the justice of history. There is still so much we do no know about him, yet we can all agree that he encountered the natives of the New World because he was bold enough to challenge the preconceptions of his time. sadly, his voyages of explorations led to the genocide of the native peoples of the Americas, and the transplantation of Africans by a system of modern slavery.

Columbus himself suffered at the hands of enemies.  I have sought to pull his own pain into the following piece:

Columbus Discovered

Columbus discovered

The chains that binds the minds

Could easily bind the dreamer

Columbus discovered

No way to escape court politics

Six thousand miles away

Columbus discovered

There was no easy route

To China on this globe

Columbus discovered

New Seville filled with

Dangers like the Old

Columbus discovered

That island natives could

Throw spears or smiles

Columbus discovered

Now a serenaded hero

Relegated tomorrow

Columbus discovered

Spices and gold

Poor exchange for a sailor’s soul

Columbus discovered

That with the proper maps

Cristobal Colon discovered

Christopher Columbus

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Philipo 6 years ago from Nigeria

Very interesting.

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