Monday, June 26, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 110

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Mauritius.

An Indian Ocean island spot—
It’s known for mountain, ridge and reef—
Its Gorges Park (good for relief
When weather there gets much too hot).

Port Louis is the capital—
A parliament is now in sway—
A president as well—no way
They’d like a form more tragical.

It once was French—and then was Dutch—
And independence? ’68.
And though things are not always great—
They know this way is better—much.

It has no mammals (well, just us!),
But some have come by accident—
By merchant ship (or somehow sent)—
But lots of birds (they make a fuss).

And so it’s out there in the sea—
Its islands, beaches, and its parks.
Among the last of my remarks?
I wish a journey there were free!



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL , 109

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Mauritania.

It sounds like music—listen now!—
Does Mauritania.
Though not in some weird vampire way,
Like Transylvania.

It lies in western Africa—
And has an ocean view.
Religion there’s Islamic,
And there’s some oil—woo hoo!

It’s got a jackal, crocodile—
Some tuna off the coast.
(Now tell me: Which of all of these
Would frighten you the most?)

There are some wildcats in the wild—
Some foxes and some seal—
And some of them see other ones
And think about a meal.

But most of it is desert—or
It’s “semi-arid” there.
It’s flat—some dunes and some plateaus
Rise in the desert air.

Some movies have employed the land
For desert kinds of sets.
Bruce Willis starred on one of them*—
As awesome as it gets?!

*The Fifth Element (1997)



Saturday, June 24, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 108

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Marshall Islands.

Way out in the Pacific lies
This chain of islands many know.
Old ships beneath the water, Yo,
Now giving divers diving highs.

They lie near the equator—these
Sweet islands of volcanoes born.
Imperial powers (power’s porn!)
Once gave them up (no “pretty please”),

And now they’re independent—yes!
There is some farming, fishing there.
And coconuts are everywhere
A pygmy killer whale, so guess

What interests people much the more?
A whale or common coconuts?
(The former—no if’s, and’s, or buts:
A killer whale is not a bore!)

They’ve got some turtles, dolphins too—
Some sea birds that look pretty weird—
But nothing there that’s to be feared.
So a retirement place for you?



Friday, June 23, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 107

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Malta.

It lies there in that famous sea—*
The one that I once got to see.
(Yes, I know my geography!)

It is an archipelago—
A bunch of islands (as you know)—
They’re full of ancient history, Yo.

It split from England—’64.
Republic now (you know the score)
And hopes it stays so, evermore.

There are no rivers, are no lakes
That stay year ’round (oh, such mistakes?!)—
So Maltese know just what it takes

To save the water when it rains—
On hill and dale, plateau and plains.
(Conserving things? Takes thoughtful brains!)

It’s got some lizards, got a shrew—
And taming it is hard to do.
Enough for me! Oh, how ’bout you?

*Mediterranean




Thursday, June 22, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 106

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Mali.

Another landlocked country that’s
In Africa—the west.
The capital is Bamako—
Its cotton is the best.

They’ve got some gold mines (not so bad!)
And water-power, too.
The elephants and hippos there
Do not have much to do:

They are consigned to pleasant parks
Because of farming land
(You do not want wild animals
To get much out of hand!)

And 1960 was the year
That independence came
From France. And ever since, you know,
It’s not at all the same.

There’s something about freedom, and
Dear independent ways.
I’m guessing (since I’ve not been there)
That now are brighter days.



Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 105

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Maldives.

It sounds like a description of
Some seedy malls that we don’t love.*
But, no—some Indian Ocean isles
That stretch along for miles and miles.

A thousand coral islands (plus)
Compose the country we discuss.
And Male is its capital—
It rhymes with “molly”—nothing dull

About these islands. Coral reefs
Are here and there. And folks’ beliefs
Are varied (as you might surmise
In such a place, below such skies).

The money flows from tourists there—
Who love the beaches, sultry air.
Most other enterprises—small.
Though fishing’s good. No crystal ball

Is needed for us to perceive
That climate change (if you believe)
Will flood the islands and efface
All signs of us—our careless race.

*mall-dives



Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 104

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Malaysia.

The cultures there are varied—mixed;
The country has me so transfixed.

Religions there are varied, too.
(Oh, something must be right for you!)

So many love its beaches white—
But some are worried: jungle fright!

It’s got some tiger, leopard, boar—
And crocodile (oh, lots of lore)—

And elephant and jaguar—yikes!
And crocodiles hold deep dislikes.

There are two massive towers there—
They slice up through Malaysian air.

So there you see it all writ large—
The towers show that man’s in charge …

Until, you know, a tiger