For those who’ve never heard of Spain

there are one or two facts one must explain.


It’s famous for Columbus who

set off for Asia with his crew


but landed on San Salvador

and later made three journeys more.


But he wasn’t really Spanish at all –

he may have come from Portugal


though the general theory seems to be

he was born in what’s now Italy.


These days there are conflicting views

on whether CC was indeed good news:


he brought back gold but spread disease

and left the locals on their knees –


and did such riches start the rot

which was to bring Spain down, or not?


For those who want to study more

there are bullfights and a Civil War.

Published in Lighten Up Online, December 2018