Happy Columbus Day (?)


(poetry diary 52) Happy Columbus Day!

It’s hard to figure out how to best talk about this day, and Columbus, to kids. My husband and I try to give a balanced view, though we’ve been criticized by older relatives for doing so.

Here’s the traditional poem about Columbus Day, followed by a re-write.  The re-write is too violent to share with a young kid, but teenagers might be interested, at least for the conversations it provokes.

IN 1492

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

He had three ships and left from Spain;
He sailed through sunshine, wind and rain.

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Fourteen Hundred Ninety-Two (The Rewrite)

Dana W. Hall

In Fourteen Hundred and Ninety Two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
But everything else in the childhood rhyme,
Ignores the historic details and genocide.

Read rest of poem 

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