Friar Las Casas' Sad Suggestion

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Non-Fiction  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short, historical poem.

Submitted: March 12, 2013

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Submitted: March 12, 2013



Friar Las Cases' Sad Suggestion


Money had to be made

The crops to be picked,

But the Native the Spanish chose,

Were ill-equipped,

To labor under in the heat all day,

under the lash in chains.

They died quickly under the toil.

That’s what the books always say.

But what to do?

Money must be made,

And empires aren’t built by leaders alone,

But by the laborers untold,

Unnamed, unknown

Whose labor is given away for free.

So at Father Las Casas’ sad-but later recanted-suggestion,

They started using Africans,

To labor for free.

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