Hiram Bingham

Hiram Bingham

Hiram Bingham was a scholar
who wanted to explore
worlds outside his study window,
beyond his college door.

Once he heard of Vilcabamba,
was somewhere in Peru,
so he set off for the Andes,
maybe the myth was true.

The lost city of the Incas
was what he sought to find.
His guide was Melchor Arteaga,
so his steps were not blind.

From the river Apurimac,
he crossed the jungle line,
to the air paths of the condor,
cut through bamboo and vine.

On the slopes stood ancient stone work,
half hid by moss and fern,
walls of Inca Manco’s mansions,
his heart began to burn.

Happily Hiram Bingham
found more than was his dream.
The remains of Vilcabamba
was silver in the stream.

Happily Hiram Bingham
searched for Inca Manco’s mansions.