A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
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.