I, Cristoforo Colombo

I, Cristoforo Colombo, dying but not dead
Waiting to set sail on my fifth voyage finally
Know that I shall be remembered and dismembered
By those whose uncharted lives I leave behind–
I know a day will dawn
When my face will be splashed across
A conspiracy of postage stamps
With someone throwing this mariner a bone:
A holiday celebrating my day in the Caribbean sun.
I can still see San Salvador on sleepless nights:
A speck from the unrepentant Atlantic,
The waves rising skywards like my prayers–
I brought the New World to the Old:-
Gold, spices, and slaves-
And I murdered in God’s name.
I, Cristoforo Colombo, blessed by Isabella,
Mouth this monologue as my last testament
To the ungrateful living dead.
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About VijayNair

I retired as Associate Professor, Department of English, Government Victoria College Palakkad, Kerala. I taught English Language and Literature in various colleges for 31 years. My Ph.D. thesis was on the plays of Wole Soyinka. My collections of verse include "The City and the Hermitage" (1988), "Doors Swing Open" (2008), "Eyes" (2010) and "Whispers of Light in Darkness" (2013). My poems have also appeared in the International Anthologies "I am a Poet" (2013), "With Love" (2013), "Synthesis" (2014) "Poetic Symphonies" (2015) and "Heavenly Hymns" (2015).

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