Saturday, July 22, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 136

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Peru.

Peru is where the Andes soar—
Where archaeologists explore,
Where llamas and alpacas roam—
Where ancient people made their home.

The Inca were among the first—
The Spanish came and brought the worst
Along with them. The Incas fell
And only ruins now can tell

Their history. Peru still sits
On the Pacific coast. It gets
More complicated deep inside
Where many creatures now reside—

Like puma, jaguar, and some bear
That make their home, well, anywhere
That suits them. Who will contradict
A bear? Or jungle cat that’s picked

The place it wants to live? Not I!
I hear them growl; I want to cry.
There people are in poverty—
Which always is a tragedy.

But it has assets—quite a few—
And resources—and hope’s there, too.
So here’s a wish for dear Peru—
A future bright as brightest blue!



Friday, July 21, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 135

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Paraguay.

In Paraguay no Andes rise—
But there are different treats for eyes:
At every look—a new surprise.

It’s landlocked there between Brazil
And Argentina. There’s a hill
That pops up here and there. So will

Some grassland—and there’s lots of that—
And swamps and jungles. Where a cat
Will sometimes prowl below the bat

Who’s winging through the evening air
To eat some bugs who wandered there
And leaned—too late—that they are fare.

Let’s think about the cougars, right?
And jaguars that explore the night?
And wolves—oh, they are quite a sight!

So if you visit, watch your back—
Anticipate a cat-attack.
A wolf can take you into Black.



Thursday, July 20, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 134

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


Papua New Guinea.

This country is the eastern half
Of that Pacific isle.
And it’s volcanic (active ones)—
A common island style.

The people there are various—
Their languages are, too.
It’s independent—’59.
(I’ve not been there—have you?)

It’s got marsupials galore
(Some kangaroo and such).
There’s not a lot to fear out there—
Well … not, at least too much.

There are some crocodiles, I’ve read—
And that can give you pause
If you decide to visit there:
For many deadly claws

Will find you there in what you thought
Was such a lovely place.
But you when wake—and check yourself—
You’ll find you have no face!



Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 133

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


Panama.

Ah, yes! That famous long canal!
That country Panama!
And all the conflicts we have seen—
Things freeze and then they thaw

In conflicts international—
It’s thus been ever so:
One country wants what you folks have—
As if you didn’t’ know!

Its capital is Panama—
With “City” added on—
A naming plan that, once begun,
Has traveled on and on.

The Spanish came—and stayed and stayed.
And Venezuela ruled.
(And I, who just have learned of this,
At last have been well-schooled!)

All kinds of monkeys swing along,
And snakes seem everywhere.
Some insects, too, are poisonous,
And jaguars (it’s not fair!)

Can run you down, and end your life—
That’s troublesome—a bunch!
You go to visit Panama—
And end up being lunch!


Tuesday, July 18, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 132

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Palau.

Five hundred islands form this place
In Micronesia’s sea.
And here I fear I must confess:
This country’s new to me.

Pronunciation is puh-LAU
I had to look that up.
(It seems that I have kind of got
A fairly empty cup!)

Australia lies right to the south
Of this democracy.
And tourists’ money form the base
Of its economy.

It seems to have a crocodile
That likes the ocean life.
(It came there for vacation and
It stayed—and found a wife.)

It has a “wormsnake”—and I think
That’s not the greatest news.
In fact, the more I think of it,
The more I play the blues.

But here’s a lesson to extract:
There in the southern sea
Are worlds that swarm with life and love—
And have no need of me!


Monday, July 17, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 131

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Pakistan.

I love the rhythm: Pakistan
An easy rhythm for Old Dan,
Who writes along as best he can.

The capital’s Islamabad—
Which hints the country’s ruler—God—
By Whom most everyone is awed.

Invaders there have come and gone—
Predictably as dark and dawn,
They try, they fail, and then move on.

Its population—millions there.
And ancient ruins everywhere.
And artifacts so very rare.

It’s got some bear; it’s got some fox.
And, yes, a leopard—many rocks.
And certainly there are some hawks.

And danger lives there—always has.
Yes, violence and all that jazz.
A bloody sort of razzmatazz.



Sunday, July 16, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship Doggerel,130

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Oman.

It is the only country that
Begins with letter O.
That’s some kind of accomplishment
In alphabets, you know.

Oman is in the Middle East—
The Persian Gulf flows by.
It’s got some oil (are you surprised?)—
And what a desert sky!

It’s Arab and Islamic, and
Depends so much on oil.
But now it must diversify—
Petroleum can spoil.

There is some tourism, as well—
Oman’s a welcome spot
For tourists who are (no surprise)
So fond of being hot.

It has gazelle and ibex, too—
And I am down with that.
But now, I read, it also has
That fearful mighty cat …

COWARDLY CONCLUSION:

(The jaguar! I am running … fast …
But just not fast enough!
The race will end—so very soon—
Will I be dinner stuff!?)