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Rehashing History: Christopher Columbus, a man with a plan

Columbus was not the slightest bit offended At King Ferdinand's dismissive sound When he declared the world was round, His was not a plan that very many comprehended. Though the queen, Isabella, Thought Chris a fine fella, Her spouse wanted nor hair nor hide of it. "The horizon", he snarled, 'marks the edge of the world." But Capt. C. was convinced that the horizon was not the edge of the world and that India was somewhere on the other side of it. "Well, the subject is moot, Spain is broke, we've no loot. Coffers practically bare, No dinero to spare, Such a venture is out of the question. Why not Egypt, or Malta, Or Crete, or Gibraltar, Or something cheaper that we can invest in?" As Chris started to go, Isabella cried, "Whoa! Let's dispense with pecunious tomfoolery. Though we've no ready cash for a project so brash, I could hock some, or all, of my joolery." So three ships were anointed, and westward they pointed, And the horizon they bravely set sail for it. But both monarchs bailed When Chris' treasure search failed, And to Spain he returned, But no honors he earned. Instead he was stripped of command and put in jail for it. Later, of course, his accomplishment was plain, And a whole New World was laid open for Spain. No, Columbus wasn't looking for America when he found it, He just couldn't seem to navigate those three ships of his around it.

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Date: 10/9/2018 1:06:00 PM
an absolute rhyming delight, jim!
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/10/2018 6:07:00 AM
Thanks, Ilene.
Date: 10/9/2018 12:03:00 PM
The entire poem was fun, but I love the way you spelled JOOLERY! That pushed it over the top to a FAV for me.
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Date: 10/10/2018 6:07:00 AM
Thanks, Caren. I have to admit, I struggled with that one for a while.
Date: 10/9/2018 11:40:00 AM
Never thought much of Columbus, except he likely was an unscrupulous opportunist. Quant a Marie Antoinette, elle n'a jamais dit une chose pareille. Si ce que je lis est exact, un historien français pense qu'elle a probablement dit: qu'ils mangent du brioch. Ce que je trouve ridicule. / M
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Jim Slaughter
Date: 10/10/2018 6:08:00 AM
Thanks, Maurice. I think you do have to sort of admire his perseverance, though.