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August 18, 2013

Vasicek: Bad poetry and fascinating history

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The first child of English descent born in America, Virginia Dare, came into the world on this day in 1587. Her parents were Eleanor and Ananias Dare. Her grandfather, John White, was governor of the Roanoke colony (in North Carolina) where she was born. That same year, John White returned to England, but could not return immediately because the Brits were involved in a war with the Spanish.

Here is the eerie thing: he returned to the colony in 1590 on this same day — his granddaughter’s third birthday — to find the colony deserted! The disappearance of the colony — including the removal of its structures — suggests the starving colonists decided to relocate. What happened from that point forward is guesswork. Many believe that the Indians killed them, others believe that they settled and intermarried with the Indians. The mystery has yet to be solved [source: Wikipedia].

Aug. 18 commemorates an important day for American women. On this day, the 19th Amendment to the Constitution was ratified in 1920, recognizing the right of women to vote. The Women’s Suffrage Movement, spearheaded by Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton, eas drafted nearly 42 years earlier, in 1878. With the elimination of slavery, Women’s Suffrage, and lowering the voting age from 21 to 18, many more Americans are authorized to vote than even our Founding Fathers envisioned. So, reader, do you appreciate and take advantage of that right? I hope so.

This being Bad Poem day, I’ll leave you with a final tongue-twisting limerick: “‘There’s a train at 4.04,’ said Miss Jenny,/’Four tickets I’ll take. Have you any?’/ Said the man at the door, ‘Not four for 4.04,

For four for 4.04 are too many’” [source: poeticresource.org]. Have a great Aug. 18.

Ed Vasicek is pastor of Highland Park Church and a weekly contributor to the Kokomo Tribune. Contact him at edvasicek@comcast.net.

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