A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
Some other –stans we find nearby--
They’re neighbors of Afghanistan.
But “neighbor” doesn’t signify
That they are members of a clan
Or tribe. Or allies. Or the like.
They’re joined by history, you know.
Alliances are like that dike
That boy once saved to stop the flow.
It has its mountains, deserts, too—
Some scenery that’s very stark.
Some history that’s rough, it’s true—
And some of it is very dark.
It has some wolves, hyenas, bears—
A leopard can destroy your day.
But if you really have no cares,
Well, check it out—but do not stray!
For as you walk through scenery,
Admiring all the wonders there,
It’s possible you’ll never see
That wolf, hyena, or that bear …
Until it’s too late.