Now, they say
Columbus didn’t discover America
but the ones who say
usually, don’t appreciate who Columbus was
They don’t know anything about him
He was a man of destiny
willing to go to the ends of the earth
and fall off it, to find it.
What have the critics of Columbus done?
They have dyed their hair pink
They have circulated a petition to cancel his holiday
They have attempted to rewrite the history books
They have smashed his statue, as if, they have smashed the man
and destroyed his legacy.
His crew, was ready to mutiny, but he kept on going.
Weak men, hate great men—
Men, who believe they have a destiny
Men, willing to go to the ends of the earth to find it
I don’t hear anyone talking about destiny, anymore.
I hear conversations about comfort, TV, political protest
I never hear of someone who believes so strongly in what they are doing
that even the walls quake, when they go to sleep.
People are confused.
They don’t have any notion about what greatness is, anymore
but when they see it
they hate it
because it is so far away from who they are.
Your parents will tell you
to get a good job
and work your way up
but at the end of the day
you don’t have anything to show for it.
Columbus discovered America.
Sure, he thought he had discovered the West Indies,
but destiny, is messy.
Doing what your boss tells you to do, isn’t.
There’s a difference
between destiny and doormat.
The ones in charge will try to convince you otherwise.
What is the point of this poem?
It’s not about Columbus.
It’s about the people who don’t know, and pretend to know
It’s about those people quietly wasting their lives, and trying to convince themselves, otherwise
It’s about recognizing greatness
and knowing, that it doesn’t matter
if they name a day after you,
Greatness needs no introduction
It is the ultimate satisfaction.
I tell people this
and it’s like I’m speaking Greek
because the Greeks believed you could have a short life full of Heroic deeds
or a long life, that ended quietly.
I want the life of Achilles,
and the chance to write it down.