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The Man Who Tempted Fate

Updated on May 3, 2011
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Christopher Columbus ~ A Rewrite



Controversy swirls about
the mention of your name...
History books cannot agree
on the merits of your fame.

And those of us, of skeptic bend,
who question fact and lore...
may add the facts together
but the total can't ignore!

Some say you were a hero,
a legend in your time...
Others claim that neither
rings true in history's rhyme.

I can not help but contemplate
the veracity behind
tales that are conditioned by
a historian's state of mind.

But one thing I am sure of...
now, we'll never know what's true!
For history's been recorded from
the writer's point of view...

Controversy swirls about
the mention of your name...
And history books cannot agree
on the merits of your fame...

Though the legacy you left behind
may be subject to debate...
Christopher Columbus,
you were a man who tempted Fate!

"Copyright 2011, All Rights Reserved."


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    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      6 years ago

      Thanks, Max. This is an interesting take. My youngest son is a bit of a history buff, and does not hold to the version we are taught in school that Christopher Columbus is a hero...truth is, he was no angel but one thing is for sure...he was a gutsy guy and he did, indeed tempt fate on more than one occasion!

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      BeyondMax 

      6 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Ha! You caught me with this one, Marsha! What a daring piece, love the play of words and creativity of your mind, history is always full of twists and turns, we never know...depends on the angle and point of view. Clever poem!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      HighGuy, I am deeply touched! Thank you!

    • HighGuy420 profile image

      HighGuy420 

      7 years ago

      i cant put into words the i feel when i read your poems

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      What an awesome comment, cwarden, I thank you, truly!

    • cwarden profile image

      cwarden 

      7 years ago from USA

      Your talent is truly amazing!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Epigramman, I say the exact same about your writing! I can't have one favorite, when I love them all!!! Thank you!!! Hugs!

    • epigramman profile image

      epigramman 

      7 years ago

      ....one of the best from you - but then again - I said that about the last one you wrote - lol - and the one before that - and the one before that - and the one before that ........

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      samiaali, thank you, my friend! I appreciate you!

    • samiaali profile image

      samiaali 

      7 years ago

      Hey tnderhrt23, This is a fantastic poem! I love your rhyming in this one! :)

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, IamMaster! I appreciate your visits and encouraging comments!

    • IamMaster profile image

      IamMaster 

      7 years ago from USA

      Brilliant poem and, as always, well done! I loved it!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, Bumpsysmum...I always appreciate your comments! Hugs~

    • Bumpsysmum profile image

      Bumpsysmum 

      7 years ago from Cambridgeshire

      Very well done and so true. We can only guess at much of history "But one thing I am sure of...

      now, we'll never know what's true!

      For history's been recorded from

      the writer's point of view..." If only we could be sure of the information that was recorded...great poem :-)

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      attemptedhumour, thank you, kindly! I don't know if Mr. Columbus is the hero he is purported to be but he did have guts, I will give him that! Now, did he write poetry???

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      WillStarr, I, indeed, agree. This is a much more benign piece about CC than the first, more inline with what I stand for, overall...lol! I thank you for your read and comment!

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      attemptedhumour 

      7 years ago from Australia

      He achieved many things, but could he write poetry to match yours? I rest my case. Ouch that hurt.

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      WillStarr 

      7 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

      Excellent poetic observations. The mariners of old had one thing in spades, and that was raw courage!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Thank you, most kindly, MO! I am tickled! It has taken me a good while to rewrite my original...and to do it with objectivity, rather than a slant...

    • MysteriousOne profile image

      MysteriousOne 

      7 years ago

      Well Ms.tnderhrt, I must say that I have to agree with Bella....yes ,a goddess of poetry and rhyme! Very nice hub here...Kudos, My Friend!

      M.O.

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      bbnix, Thank you, My Friend for your infinite support...It means so much!

    • tnderhrt23 profile imageAUTHOR

      tnderhrt23 

      7 years ago

      Aww, bella, you are too kind! But thank you...it is a joy to hear, and besides, it takes one to know one, you!

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      Besides, we all know all about hot blooded spaniards. I know I'm related in some small way, and no matter what you both might say, I believe it of you two too.

      So It's time to discover that new world in a beautiful wood boat I'm building for us right now!!!

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      bbnix 

      7 years ago from Southern California

      You both are...

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      Erica Sanchez 

      7 years ago from California

      Tnder I always say in my mind you are a goddess of poetry and rhyme! You are untouchable when it comes to writing poetry....

      smiles :)

      bella

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