Capitan Capital


Herman Melville had a Moby Dick
Can you believe it 
When that book came out it really didn’t hit it
With the critics 
And Captain Ahab’s given name was Sam 
Yes, old Sam Ahab 
Which spelled backwards reads Bahamas 
Where Columbus first landed 
Which is still getting battered 
By storms and the heat 
Curling up from all the ovens 
of the cannibals. 
Just ask the Lucayans  
And all those consumed 
By Cristóbal Colón, and other captains 
Of industry 
Transmuting with their alchemy 
The jungles 
And the mountains and the rivers
of the globe 
Into pollution, slums, and churches, guns,
And gold 

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Elliot Sperber is a writer, attorney, and adjunct professor. He lives in New York City and can be reached at and on twitter @elliot_sperber.