Saturday, March 4, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 4

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


In Africa. The north. Much sand.
It is a storied, fabled land.
Where conquerors have made a stand.

Then failed. And left their ruins there.
Sahara’s winds blow everywhere,
Removing, hiding from the air.

And all who came—and all who died?
I think of Shelley, still our guide,
And Ozymandias’ pride.*

*from "Ozymandias," 1818, by Percy Bysshe Shelley:

“My name is Ozymandias, King of Kings;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!
Nothing beside remains. Round the decay
Of that colossal wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.”

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