Leif Erikson Day - Poem by Ima Ryma
Leif Erikson does have a day,
October 9th to be exact,
Proclaimed throughout the U.S.A.
He did beat Columbus in fact,
As first European to come
To the New World to 'civilize, '
But gets less credit, so say some,
Because his trip did not give rise
To European migration,
In mass to a new time and place,
With old conquering to be done.
Columbus' trips ballooned that pace.
A pagan Viking - just no way
To get a Federal holiday.
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