Monday, March 20, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 20

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


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.

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