Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 28

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.

Burkina Faso.

Surrounded by six other lands—
Official language: French—
It’s landlocked there in Africa—
It can’t be like a Grinch

Who spurns its neighbors, as you know,
And wishes all much ill:
No, citizens and government
Exert collective will

To keep this land in freedom’s hold.
When I was but a lad,
'Twas “Upper Volta” for a name—
And things were fairly bad.

But now it’s free—and on its plains—
Among the sandstone cliffs—
Are hopes and wishes they’ll endure—
No but’s or and’s or if’s.

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