by Joan Marques
C hristophorus Columbus: the unforgettable name
O f a man who set sail in the 15th century
L ed by rapaciousness for discovery and fame
U tilizing a crew, partly from Spain's penitentiary...
M assive despair rose when no land was in sight
B uzzing threats were uttered: Some truly spine chilling
U naffected, Columbus beheld his zeal with all his might
S ensing he was up to something extremely fulfilling
T hus was America "discovered:" A new haven for some
O ncoming wealth and great honor for Columbus to declare
O nly: history conveniently forgot where the Indians came from
K nowing that, to them, this was the start of an endless nightmare
T he history writers also ignored the archeological evidence
H eralding trading partners since 500 A.D. for the Americans
A nd therefore, too, the fact that it was surely no coincidence
T hat Mayan calendars, masks, and pottery matched the Africans'
A nd it's written and it's said: the story of "a new world" born
W hile Columbus' source of knowledge may never be revealed
A nd yet: is it hard to accept that Columbus Day means mourn
Y es: To those who lost their honor; whose pain is not yet healed?