C. Columbus-History and Math Malaise

C. Columbus-History and Math Malaise

by Steve Persaud

Regicide,Columbus
amicicide,
androcide,
democide,
ecocide,
femicide,
genocide,
populicide,
gendercide
the other side,
the wrong side,
Atlantic side
came Columbus.

Never understood the area of the circle
but took a bite of the pie anyway, but
Tan, Cos and Sine met him on the beach
to teach him the shortest distance
between two points.

No, no, he thought calculus was
a calculated risk
and a circular argument-
never was interested in finding
the slope of the curve.

The Mayans would have helped
him and his cohorts.
Los Indios showed him the sign of peace
but signalled his intention with the middle- so
much for discovery and of oneself.
He wanted precious metal,
but there was precious little.
Wayfaring instead of seafaring would have been
better for CC.

Gold ingots for bigots,
treasure for pleasure,
enslavement,
endangerment,
October 12, 1492,
Columbus played God
and renamed an entire race.

About the Author

Steve Persaud’s poems have appeared in anthologies in the United States, England, the Caribbean. He is the winner of the writing competition sponsored by the American audio products company QSC.

 

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