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Beware the Curse of Inca Gold
The Loud shouts of excited "Eurekas"
were heard from a group of U.S. treasure seekers
when into the sea off Portugal they made repeated jumps
in the hopes that they would come up trumps.
They discovered 17 tons of coins of silver and gold
stashed in the wreck of a sunken Spanish galleon's hold.
The finders decided to Florida their haul remove
confident their lives would soon improve.
Back home their hopes were torn asunder
when a U.S. court ruled they could not keep their plunder
and from their find denied them any gain
by ordering the coins returned to the country of origin, Spain.
Spaniards maintained the treasure was theirs
and to it they were the rightful heirs.
So to what they called their country's historical heritage they laid claim
and they did so with no sign of shame.
It is hard to believe anyone would negate
the treasure in Spain did not originate.
When to the U.S. Supreme Court the rightful owners objected
Justice Clarence Thomas their appeal rejected.
Many critics of those who on the Supreme Court sit
allege Clarence Thomas is the Justice most unfit.
But even the Court's most injudicious member must know it to be true
that the Spaniards extracted the Inca gold and silver from Peru.
Phil Linehan is an author, writer and poet. Visit Phil's blog: Philitics.com
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