Saturday, March 25, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 25

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Brazil.

It’s got that rowdy carnival—
It’s got some famous beach—
It’s got that Andes Christ so high
It’s nearly out of reach.

It’s got polluted waterways
Where people shouldn’t swim—
Or even ever touch—not safe
For any her or him.

It’s got the jungles (fading fast—
How soon before they’re gone?),
And most impressively, of course,
That mighty Amazon.

Official language spoken there
We know is Portuguese—
And always filling Northern minds?
A life of careless ease!



Friday, March 24, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 24

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


Botswana.

Botswana—landlocked in the south
Of Africa. And there
Are deserts—and a delta that
The animals must share.

And there are many noted ones
(That’s animals, I mean)
That roam the land—a sort of zoo,
The best you’ve ever seen.

It’s parliamentary, as well—
And spoken there, I’ve learned,
Is English, which is no surprise,
Their independence earned

In 1966. So bells
Of Freedom, ringing still,
In countries all around the globe
That work with hope and will.



Thursday, March 23, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 23

Bosnia and Herzegovina.

It’s near the Adriatic Sea—
Just east in fact. The Balkans—we
Have come to name the region so—
The capital is Sarajevo,

Where once began a world war— 
And millions died (who knows the score?)—
But recent years have seen more peace—
From conflicts, something of release.

Some Alps are there—such majesty!
And other grand geography.
A place where different peoples live
Who one another must forgive.



Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 22

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Bolivia.

Mountains! Deserts! Jungles, too!
Geography that’s fit for you.
Get bored with one? Move on to new!

It features that most famous lake—
Named Titicaca (no mistake),
So large it makes brave swimmers quake.

The list of languages is long—
Just say their names—it’s like a song!
(Pronouncing them, I know I’m wrong.)

A landlocked country ’twixt two P’s—
Peru and Paraguay—a squeeze
Between the two democracies.

Bolivia—so much to see,
From sand and stone to greenery.
I’d fly there now—if it were free.



Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 21

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Bhutan.

It’s nestled in the mountains there—
The Himalayas—this, the lair

Of Yetis (so we often hear),
Abominable—it’s very clear.

A place of monasteries and
So rugged and remote, this land.

It is due north of Bangladesh—
With mountain air that’s crisp and fresh.

But I believe I will stay home:
I do not go where Yetis roam!



Monday, March 20, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 20

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Benin.

Once, it was called Dahomey by
The French, who once had colonized
The west in Africa. Despised,
They left with post-colonial sigh.

But French is still a language there—
As is its past in slavery.
(They picked which people would be free.)
But many animals so rare

Live in a northern special park—
The elephants are living well—
The hippos, lions also dwell
Inside this living Noah’s Ark.

Like every other human place
So much is good; so much is not;
There’s so much growth—and so much rot.
So typical of this, our race.



Sunday, March 19, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 19

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Belize.

Just west of Guatemala we
Can find Belize. It seems to me
The lovely Caribbean Sea

Has found a very special place
To come ashore—and what a space
Is there!  Some Mayan ruins face

The visitor … such history!
Such elemental mystery—
Reminders of such misery

And such accomplishment of men,
Who (very, very Way Back When)
Explored all wonder, tried some sin.

And now a special tourist spot—
Where sands and sun are very hot—
Where happiness can still be bought!