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Poem: "The Voyage of Columbus"

This poem is spillover from the July 3, 2012 Poetry Fishbowl.  It was inspired and sponsored by Dreamwidth user Thnidu, a new participant in the fishbowl project.  The form is something I made up on the spot.  The first two verses are iambic pentameter quatrains (the first half of a sonnet) because Columbus was Italian.  The last two are haiku because he sailed east.  You can read about his historic voyages online.


The Voyage of Columbus


Columbus sailed from Spain with ninety men,
Two caravels, a larger slower rig,
Provisions to go forth and back again,
And stacks of maps and notes that were quite big.

The route was long and dangerous asea,
With storms and sharks and scurvy all at hand.
At last they spied some seagulls winging free
And followed them.  The lookout shouted, "Land!"

humble fishermen
welcomed Columbus to the
islands of Japan

tea! silk! spices! pearls!
Columbus was quite thrilled with
his discoveries

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thnidu From: thnidu Date: July 5th, 2012 05:00 am (UTC) (Link)

The prompt

The topic for this set was (iirc) "What if...?": alternate history branchpoints. I asked "What if Columbus had reached Asia, as he expected to do?"

I flubbed the procedure somewhat, but Ysabetwordsmith let me in anyway, & to her I say "Whoopee! whee! And Thank you."
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2012 05:15 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: The prompt

>>The topic for this set was (iirc) "What if...?": alternate history branchpoints. I asked "What if Columbus had reached Asia, as he expected to do?"<<

It was a good prompt.

>>I flubbed the procedure somewhat, but Ysabetwordsmith let me in anyway, & to her I say "Whoopee! whee! And Thank you."<<

*bow, flourish* Happy to be of service.

One great thing about crowdfunding is that it's pretty flexible. Nobody is stuck with corporate rules. If a solution can be found that makes everyone happy, you can just do that. Making a little exception for a new participant -- especially a donor -- is just good business sense. And good poetry too, it turns out.

I hope you'll come back for next month's fishbowl on August 7. I don't know what the theme will be yet. Right now there's a post where I'm requesting ideas for new themes. Later I'll gather those into a poll so the audience can vote, then slate the most popular on my calendar.
From: siliconshaman Date: July 5th, 2012 11:39 am (UTC) (Link)
Wow.. now that's what you call getting lost...
ysabetwordsmith From: ysabetwordsmith Date: July 5th, 2012 05:20 pm (UTC) (Link)

Well...

I thought of the poem form first, then thought Japan wasn't the target destination. But when I ran a search, Japan was right at the top along with the East Indian islands, and notes to the effect that historians dispute the exact target. So it arguably represents a successful completion of his journey.
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