I wrote this 2004 to help my kids remember the events of Columbus’s voyages. I built it upon the grade school rhyme.

In fourteen hundred ninety-two,
Columbus sailed the ocean blue,
Queen Isabella paid the way,
To open up a new gateway.

On the Santa Maria Columbus sailed,
The Nina, the Pinta beside him trailed.
Ninety men between the three,
All set sail for the open sea.

Seventy days without sight of land,
The crew grew weary and anger began,
At two a.m. on the twelfth of October,
Columbus’s voyage was finally over.

Land was found and anchors set,
On a day he would never forget.
Three times more he would again set sail,
Columbus refused to believe he failed.

Though India he did not find,
He changed the world for all time.

©2004 Virginia Donahue

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4 Responses to Columbus

  1. kellieann says:

    Clever! I just read it to my kids, which will probably be our single act of recognition of the holiday today. We usually play it up a bit more when we're studying American History, but right now we're in the throes of World History and studying the ancient civilizations, so poor Columbus just doesn't fit this year.

  2. animalfriend98 says:

    Thankyou for stopping by my blog and giving me a nice comment. Have a nice day


  3. southmsmomof4 says:

    Very good poem. I like to read and write poetry though I don't find much time for it lately (writing that is). Have a blessed week.


  4. SongOfTheSagebrush says:

    My comment on your apple pie posted as "anonymous"!

    Clever with regard to the Columbus poem!



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