Tom J. Mariani

Rookie (January 1948 / San Francisco, CA)

Discovers' Day October 8,2007 - Poem by Tom J. Mariani

Who?
Just who
authorized

the printer of my
wall calender
to remove Columbus

replacing him with
Discovers' Day?
Who, just who?

When I bought the calender
sure I did not read the fine print.
Didn't think I needed to.

Is it because he and his men
may have brought
smallpox and syphilis

and based on where they landed
didn't really
discover America?

In fact they missed
what they were
sailing for.

It was a shorter route
to the East Indies;
missed by several thousand miles.

We've know this for a long time.
Why take him off
my calender now?

What about the parades-
The Columbus Day Sales-
Am I still going to get 20% off?

No mail today.
Federal employees
Got the day off.

Maybe it's not
Such a big thing?
Do only I miss Columbus?


Comments about Discovers' Day October 8,2007 by Tom J. Mariani

  • (12/8/2007 7:15:00 AM)

    I found it both funny and scary.Your poem reminded me that we are living in history. It is not the past it is the present. (Report)Reply

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  • (10/22/2007 8:33:00 AM)

    Tom, loved this piece that sent me back to school. Not that I liked school that much, but it gave me a few smiles from the history class. Top marks and thanks for sharing it my friend.
    David
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  • (10/8/2007 7:23:00 PM)

    hello Tom...if Columbus was claimed to have found yours...so does Magellan in ours.....they had their time...and they had the best...but ours is still flaming...lets not spoil some time molding their scaterred dust...maybe...in history class...to get an A :) . (Report)Reply

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Poem Submitted: Monday, October 8, 2007

Poem Edited: Thursday, April 14, 2011


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