Ima Ryma

Columbus Day - Poem by Ima Ryma

We 'celebrate' Columbus Day,
Named for a guy who came by ship,
Never to touch the U.S.A.
Pretty much on an ego trip.
Catholic Knights of Columbus
Lobbied Congress and F.D.R
To stick the day on all of us
For immigrants who were and are.
The old and new worlds did not merge
In too much human harmony.
Those indigenous felt the purge
From immigrant brutality.

Columbus sailed off into fate -
Nothing for us to celebrate.

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  • David Mclansky (1/14/2013 6:14:00 AM)

    We bargained hard for Mississippi
    To be the Country line,
    Iowa was furious
    And said the West was mine,
    No one wanted Florida
    Except the Seminole,
    A land of snakes and crocodiles,
    If the truth be told;
    The Mexicans waged a brutal war
    Against The Gathering of Tribes,
    They had a tiff with Ferdinand
    When Cochise refused a bribe;
    Marijuana became the chief export
    Of Idaho to the East;
    The tonnage was in Clark’s Report
    Who got The Munchies at a feast;
    The Revolution petered put out
    In the cluttered colonies,
    Jefferson moved to Australia,
    Where the Aborigines were free;
    Newark became the Capital
    Of the Western British Isles
    Lincoln became a shoe salesman
    Famous for his smile.
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Poem Submitted: Monday, January 14, 2013

Poem Edited: Monday, January 14, 2013

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