Thursday, August 17, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 162

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

South Sudan.

This is a recent country that
Was born just six short years ago,
Seceding from Sudan. Yes, at
The table this occurred. But slow

Is progress in a fractured state—
A civil war has raged for years—
And there is really no debate
About the blood, the fears, the tears.

Economy—it’s somewhat weak,
Though oil is in the money mix.
And, yes, it’s wealth that most men seek—
But this will be so slow to fix.

The wildlife there? Iconic things:
Giraffe and elephant, baboon,
And lion, leopard (they’re the kings)—
All hope that peace reigns—very soon. 





Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 161

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

South Korea.

Now South Korea’s in the news—
The North, an ever-present threat,
Has got some nukes (oh, yeah, you bet!)—
And in the West we have the blues.

This blustering some leaders do—
The threats—intimidation—war!
It frightens many—to the core—
Reduces me to blobs of goo.

To live and let live—that’s my way.
Believe just what you wish or will—
But, please, I beg, decline to kill
Dissenters—oh, there’s much dismay

Among those folks (those folks like me!)
Who sing that old familiar song—
“Can’t we here just all get along?”—
And deeply cherish liberty?



Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 160

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

South Africa.

It has some racial history
That time has fractured—partially.

Mandela won the Nobel Prize
For all he did to energize

All people who wished to be free—
The end he brought to tyranny.

But things are still not (as we know)
Reformed completely … very slow.

But such a place for folks to be!
A fabled place! Such scenery!

It’s got those beasts we all admire—
The cats that race as if on fire—

The elephants with ivory—
The rhino still is roaming free.

Its ecosystems vary there—
Savannah, woodlands, ocean air!

And Cape Town is a famous place
That shows the world the country’s face.

Eleven languages, I read,
Are there official—fills a need.

The country has deep problems—yes.
But so do we, we must confess.

Let human voices swell that we
All sing in hopeful harmony.



Monday, August 14, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 159

Somalia.

The Horn of Africa—the place
Where you will quickly find
Somalia—a country with
Economy unkind.

For there is so much poverty—
Such hopelessness, I fear—
That desperation fuels the lives
Of people, year to year.

It’s got an ancient history—
Back centuries it goes.
A recent problem—piracy!
As anybody knows,

There is too much disparity—
The rich and then the poor.
And agriculture’s threatened by
Fierce droughts and so much more.

They have some noted wildlife there—
Like some wild buffalo,
And lions, leopards, ostriches—
Such splendid things, you know!

The Indian Ocean borders it—
Marine life there still thrives.
And many hope things will improve
For all those human lives.



Sunday, August 13, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 158

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Solomon Islands.

King Solomon was very wise—
That baby thing? A real surprise.

It seems its name came from that king,
Who had vast riches—everything.

Nine hundred islands—very vast.
And people? Critters? Quite a cast.

Jack London sailed there years ago—
He lost his health—felt very low

The rest of his truncated life—
He left it all to his poor wife.

The place is equatorial—
And most of it arboreal.

So many types of birds are there—
And smaller mammals, everywhere—

An emperor that is a rat—
A flying fox (you can’t beat that!).

And off the shore? Oh, hear my tale:
You’re bound to see a humpback whale!



Saturday, August 12, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 157

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Slovenia.

A Central European site
Along the Adriatic Sea,
Slovenia has got some height,
With lots of alpine scenery.

It gained its freedom—’91—
And is an active seismic zone.
But earthquakes are so rarely fun
I’ll prob’ly leave the place alone.

The animal diversity
Is rich—oh, lots of critters there,
Like ibex, boar, and deer (oh me!)—
Of course, they’ve got a hairy hare.

And Yugoslavia had been
The ruler of this fabled land.
But now is now, and when was when,
So let’s strike up the Freedom Band!



Friday, August 11, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 156

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Slovakia.

When I was but a little boy
This name began with “Czech.“
And spelling it was quite a chore—
A real pain in the neck.

It wasn’t, yo, orthography
That caused the country’s split—
But wishes of the people there
To bring the end of it.

The early 1990s—that’s
When independence came,
When that split came in history
To truncate its long name.

It now has many liberties
It did not have before.
It farms and manufactures and
Does many things—much more!

And animals? Let’s not forget:
It is their homeland, too.
And not just for some hunters or
For patrons of the zoo.

Those Slovak bears and wolves and minks
And wildcats here and there
Remind all thoughtful humans that
They really should take care

When hiking trails or camping out—
Be sure to keep it real.
A camping trip’s a bummer when
You find you are a meal!