Discovering Old Lands

The right amount of artful self-deceit
And arrogance, so mighty and complete,
Succumb to these and you'll obtain the power
To claim as yours what you did not discover.

So did the restless European population
By starting its voracious exploration.
And thus, although as ancient as the rest,
The New World had to welcome its first guest.

What a precarious and slippery slope,
Indeed we nimbly slipped around the globe!
As on we strode, propelled by heady mirth,
We vainly thought our step rotates the Earth.

The past's bygone, corrections it defies,
What matters more—ahead the future lies.
This lesson we must surely apprehend:
Don't kill the folk, don’t steal the gold, don’t take the land!

October 2, 2015