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.