Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, Finis

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

End of the Voyage

Our voyage now is over, and
I guess there’s no debate:
The way we took was not the best
To circumnavigate.

Our alphabetical approach
Required some zigs and zags—
Some crazy navigation, Yo,
To sail to all those flags.

I have to say: I learned a lot—
A lot I didn’t know.
Yes, countries I’d not heard about—
You think I’m kinda … slow?

And one-nine-five? So many lands
For me to write about.
Some repetition sailed with me—
Of that you have no doubt!

But here we are—we’re back in port—
No more will this ship roam.
It’s due for scuttling—very soon.
But now—at last!—we’re home!


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 195

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Zimbabwe.

A landlocked land in Africa—
But near the eastern coast.
Diversity in wildlife there—
It really has the most.

It once was called Rhodesia when
I was a little lad—
A colony of England—oh,
A rocky past it had!

Declared its independence back
In 1965.
It took a while for it to grow—
It still has yet to thrive.

Its minerals and tourists—that’s
What makes the money flow.
The gold—and all those animals—
Those BIG ones, don’t you know?

Let’s talk about those animals—
In this, our final post,
For animals are really what
Will interest us the most.

Well, how about an elephant?
A hippo—rhino, too.
A lion, cheetah, leopard—Yo,
Is that enough for you?

A hedgehog and a zebra, yes—
Those two are there as well,
And many other wild things that
I have no time to tell.

But let’s sail off from Africa
Aboard our weary ship—
And ruminate a bit about
This far too lengthy trip!



Sunday, September 17, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL. 194

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Zambia.

We’re in the z’s,
And so the “pretty please”
You used to ask
If this infernal task

Were over now?
Well, I’m not sure or how
To let you know
It’s almost time to go.

But Zambia?
I guess that I foresee
A place to stop
Not at the very top

But in the south—
I hear by word of mouth—
And Internet—
Of Africa—you bet!

Victoria Falls
Is there—and how it calls
The visitor—
Or the inquisitor

Who wants to know
Where he can find that show
Of water, light—
He really wants it right.

This landlocked land
With many wonders grand
Oh, cats it’s got—
And some, I know, are shot.

It’s far—I know.
But still I’d like to go.
Yes, there’s a place
I’d love to show my face.

(Though not to lions!)



Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 193

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Yemen.

Well, we have finally reached the ys—
We’re near the end (duh—no surprise).
On this sweet ship—how fast time flies!

Well, Yemen’s in the Middle East—
I’m sure you’ve heard of it—at least!
And conflict there has rarely ceased.

And oiling the economy
Is … oil (of course, I knew you’d see!)
It keeps the wealth there flowing free.

But agriculture has a part—
And industry is in the mart—
Though it’s not had much of a start.

Let’s talk of animals, okay?
It’s got a jackal (wanna play?)—
Hyena, fox, and moose (no way!).

And there are also many snakes—
So … not a place to make mistakes
Between the real ones and the fakes!



Saturday, September 16, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 192

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Venezuela.

Oh, “Venezuela”—how I love
The rhythm of that word.
It sort of sings its way to me—
A geographic bird.

High on the continental curve
It sits above them all—
Yes, Ecuador, Columbia—
The large as well as small.

It’s got some mountains—beaches, too.
And islands? Also there.
It has a bit of everything—
That doesn’t seem too fair.

They really have a lot of gold
(Compared, let’s say, to me).
They manufacture things as well—
And oil? A victory.

They’ve got some crocodiles, I’ve read—
And many kinds of snakes.
And, yes, a jaguar—and near him
You mustn’t make mistakes.

A lot of pluses to this place—
From name to oil to gold.
A jaguar’s also kind of … nice,
If I may be so bold.*

*Which I ain’t.



Friday, September 15, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 191

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Vatican City.

Well, this one used to puzzle me
When I was but a kid: You see,

I could not really figure out
What “city” here was all about.

How could a country be a town?
(My little brow then formed a frown.)

But then I learned the history—
The Catholic Church. The Holy See.

(Of course, at first that latter term
Just baffled me, I can confirm.)

But then I learned it was in Rome—
Which long had been its holy home.

And then I read Da Vinci Code—
And felt so smart ’bout what I knowed.*

*Sorry, but knew just doesn’t rhyme here.



Thursday, September 14, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 190

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Vanuatu. [vah-noo-AH-too or van-wah-TOO]

Another island nation that
I’ve not sailed to before.
A South Pacific cluster—there
Are eighty islands! More!

Volcanoes brought this world to life—
They bubble on below.
And all the residents, of course,
Hope nothing more will blow.

Well, agriculture is a source
Of economic growth—
And cattle raising also works—
Some people do them both.

And tourists coming to enjoy
The sun, the surf, the sand
Of course bring money there to spend
To supplement the land.

They’ve got some flying foxes and
The seabirds soar galore.
The dugong is my favorite, though—
That name will never bore!

So once again I learned from this
How ignorant I’ve been.
I’d never heard of Vanuatu—
And deep is my chagrin.