Thursday, April 27, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 58

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Fiji.

Three hundred islands—that’s a lot,
The South Pacific—very hot.

Some awesome beaches—get a tan!
And ocean sights—see while you can!

The language? Yes, it’s English—whoa!
They now are independent—Yo!

Volcanoes from the islands—boom!
And planes are in the sky—oh, zoom!

So sail or fly there—if you will.
(Be sure you take your motion pill.)



Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 57

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Ethiopia.

On the African Horn, Ethiopia sits—
A most ancient of lands, and if you use all your wits,
You can figure a way you could visit the place—
And go see all its sights (with those eyes in your face).

It’s got mountains and valleys and deserts and more—
Yes, including Rift Valley—and creatures that roar,
Yes, including the cheetah—and there’s a baboon!
It’s so weird it makes jealous the bat and the loon.

It’s a place that’s been scarred by the daggers of war—
And a place where oppression has been at the core.
But let’s hope it has calmed in our more recent days.
And perhaps we can all go improve our dark ways?



Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 56

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Estonia.

It sits there on the Baltic Sea
And once had been a part
Of that empire called Soviet—
Not noted for its heart.

’Twas back in 1991—
USSR collapsed—
And freedom came with swiftness that
Was some surprise, perhaps.

Old castles are distributed
About this rugged land.
And many islands join the whole—
Below the high command.

The economy is very sound—
They have no massive debt.
Renewables are popular.
(A lesson we should get.)



Sunday, April 23, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 55

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Eritrea.

No, Eriterea’s not too large.
It’s by a sea that says it’s red
On which you’ll see both ship and barge—
And where Old Moses, so I read,

Divdied waters (with some aid).
It had a bloody civil war,
But independence finally made
In 1991. That door

Of freedom opened up right there,
The Horn of Africa. That place
Remains what it became—and where
Some Hope remains, in any case.

All kinds of wildlife can be found—
From lions, hares—a wolf that’s gold!
So be so careful, walking ’round.
You might not live till you are old!



Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 54

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.=

Equatorial Guinea.

You see it in Africa—there on the coast—
And it’s got lots of oil (not that they care to boast).
It once broke from the Spanish—the year,’68.
Though the language stayed Spanish—yes, such was its fate.

It’s got elephants, chimps, and gorillas, as well.
There are lovely gray doves—and some snakes (please don’t yell!).
And some islands compose this small country’s domain—
And at times over jungles come rain and more rain.

The Atlantic still laps at this country’s far shore—
And despite all their oil, they would love to have more.
For there’s always a market for stuff that will burn,
That will fuel all our cars so that we can go earn


Our livings.



Saturday, April 22, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 53

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.=

El Salvador.

Pacific Ocean beaches—with
Volcanic mountains near.
El Salvador’s appeal, I see,
Is really very clear.

San Salvador’s the capital—
Convenient! We can learn
The capital without much work—
Nor effort very stern.

Volcanoes and some hurricanes
Have caused them fiscal woe—
The population’s very dense—
And earnings can be low.

But, oh, those beaches! Ocean views!
The warm inviting sand!
Attractions that should draw some funds
Toward that needy land.



Friday, April 21, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 52

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Egypt.

The Land of Pharoahs! Of the Nile!
(Where Cleopatra sailed in style.)
Where Joseph used some useful guile,

Where there is now a grand canal—
The Suez—in a key locale,
And that has been its rationale.

The politics still flame and flare—
As they do, well, most anywhere
Where cultures clash in desert air.

The Romans tried, then left the place.
Napoleon—well he saved face
By heading home. Our human race

Cannot let go of dominance—
Though it can’t work—not even once—
Well, not for long. Is Man a dunce?