Christopher Columbus, Crawl Back in Your Hole!

Christopher Columbus, crawl back in your hole!
Take you Nina, Pinta and Santa Magreedier.
We know what you did in Hispaniola!
We watched silver helmets glint in the sun.
We saw you claim our island for Spain!
Look what you’ve done!
How many millions of lives lost,
How many holocasusts
Would burn up the centuries
So you could fill your coffers with gold?

Christopher Columbus—take George Bush with you!
Take them all—Lincoln and Washington
And Jefferson, too.
None of them gave a damn about us.
They said we were savages,
They killed us for sport.
Ever read about Lincoln and the Black Hawk War?
If Lincoln wanted to “free the slaves,”
How come he didn’t give a damn
About their red brothers?
Jefferson pimped for “democracy”
But signed the Removal Act to defraud the Cherokees.
And Washington—“Father” of his country?
Please! You’re killing me! Don’t make me laugh!

Christopher Columbus—Genoa scum!
Take Ferdinand and Isabel—bane of the Jews.
Bane of the Moors, too, who gave Spain a culture.
Not like those crap-bags with their “kill one for Christ!”
(You can leave Jesus behind,
But not him of the Popes, not him of their lackeys.
If you want to leave the sandaled carpenter behind,
We’ve got work for him, work with honor.
We’ve got to undo 500 years of your damned interfering:
We’ll re-plant forests and heal the sky.
We don’t know if we can do it.
You took the last kernel of our hopes and crushed it.
You took our hope away and gave us fear.
You took our hope—but not our courage.
Courage to resist you, even after 500 years.

We’re all under your boots now, your jackhammer boots.
You Nazi, you maniac—take your bloody history
Forward and backward and what have you got?
The Spaniards came and rode us like lamas—literally!
They climbed on our backs and whipped us till we dropped.
The French came looking for pelts.
They took more than they needed so they made
Beaver-fur hats—a Parisian fashion statement!
The Anglos came and never stopped coming.
They slaughtered each other over our land.
They never stopped slaughtering.
They made great speeches about freedom and liberty
While their vampirish mouths ran with our blood.

Christopher Columbus, crawl back in your hole!
Take your economy and your progress and
All the appurtenances of “civilization.”
Take your death culture and your sordid manias.
We’re sick of you and your hypocrisies.
And we’re gathering.

We’re singing the Ghost Song and dancing the Ghost Dance,
Gathering on the hills when you shut your eyes;
Whispering in your dreams
And crying in your nightmares.

And howling as your towers fall,
Your bridges buckle,
Your levees are breached,
Your schools implode,
And your children grasp you with their bloody claws.

Poet-playwright-journalist-fictionist-editor-professor, Dr. Gary Corseri has published work in Dissident Voice, The New York Times, Village Voice, CommonDreams and hundreds of other publications and websites worldwide. His dramas have been produced on PBS-Atlanta, and he has performed his work at the Carter Presidential Library. Gary can be reached at Read other articles by Gary.

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  1. Hatuxka said on October 10th, 2007 at 9:44am #

    Ayiti is the Arawak name for Hispaniola. Call it that in memorium to the Taino people.

  2. Al Corney said on October 13th, 2007 at 7:49am #


    I just read your article titled Christopher Columbus, go back to your hole” and loved it so much I had to search out previous articles of yours. I checked the archives on the Dissident Voice website and picked out the one on Trump, Oprah and Cindy.

    All I can say is that you are an inspiration and thank you very much. Both articles are brutally honest while at the same time being both witty and full of humor.

    If they put articles like yours in the editorial section of the Indianapolis Star, maybe I would subscribe again. Of course thanks to the great deregulator, Ronald Reagan, mass media is no longer the voice of the people, but the voice of those who lord it over the people.

    Stay strong brother and God bless.
    Al Corney

  3. Gary Corseri said on October 13th, 2007 at 7:31pm #

    Thanks, Al.
    I do think you get the big picture.
    And I appreciate your closing.
    In these parlous times, we need to support one another. “God,” or “Great Spirit”–whatever name we use to invoke “a motion and a spirit that impels/ all living things, all objects of all thoughts, /and rolls through all things”–recognizes in the mere invocation our own humility and relational power. So, I say with you:
    Stay strong brothers, and sisters, and God bless–
    Gary Corseri

  4. gerald spezio said on October 14th, 2007 at 5:40am #

    Whatever you do Gary and Al, don’t do the Goddamn Ghost Dance.

  5. Chris Gilliam said on January 26th, 2009 at 9:32am #

    Haha very funny but some what true at the same time. This is a very very good poem. I think it has a lot of truth behind it. Also it is very straight forward about what really happened.

  6. Tabitha Fulmer said on January 27th, 2009 at 9:51pm #

    I believe this poem depicts everything that went wrong. It does explain the selfishness of Christoper Columbus and how he became famous for something that was a complete mistake. I The humor was great and whitty, as well as well written. But as a whole the poem was not my favorite

  7. Rebekah Beasley said on January 28th, 2009 at 6:31am #

    It is privalent that this author has a lot of anger built up towards the American government. But what does some of our greatest presidents have to do with Christopher Columbus? As a whole I thought the poem was hallarious, but true words, I do not think so. True Columbus did get credit for a mistake, but how many of us take credit for something we do not deserve? Give him a break!

  8. Jarrod Forester said on September 10th, 2009 at 3:48pm #

    This is a really funny poem and at the same time very truthful. He is very loud and forward about his beliefs and not trying to dub them down at all. He wants everyone to know that he is acceptionally upset with the government and might I say that he makes his point.