Discovered

In fourteen hundred and ninety-two Columbus sailed the ocean blue

and in nineteen hundred and ninety-two as a student in an American public school

I was forced to learn songs and make artwork

celebrating 500 years since an Italian explorer discovered the new world

only it wasn’t new, and it was already discovered

and he left it covered in millions of dead

and he only led the invasion,

the discovery is ongoing

and 526 years later

more fossils are discovered

and a continent is left covered in pipelines

and meth labs

and earthquakes

and no one gives

but everybody takes

and lifelines are cut

and gates are chained shut

and Columbus’ sword is still in the gut

of indigenous people still dying

and the empire is still lying about it’s intent

as the people lose track

of all the new lands

where their soldiers

and their mercenaries are sent

hellbent on finding more

of what was never lost

no, Columbus never stopped sailing

and humanity covers the cost

as the king and the queen and the pope

count all the gold

and tighten the rope

 

About soitgoes1984

I was born and raised on land stolen from the Pocumtuc. I now live on a small island in the middle of the Pacific ocean, on land that was stolen more recently, from the Hawaiians. I am addict, struggling to kick the habit of fossil fuel. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.
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