A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
Have you heard?—have you seen?—have you visited there?
This small island of mountains? Caribbean* air?
Where the ocean in hurricanes rages and roils?
And where, yes, there’s a lake, and it actually boils?
Where the beaches are not, shall we say, tourist traps?
Where the beaches aren’t littered with folks taking naps?
Where the jungles are dense? Where a parrot is king?
(It's the national bird—have you seen such a thing?)
Where in ’78 from the English it broke?
If you’re lost in the jungle it’s not just a joke?
Where I’d love to go visit—well, somewhat … in part.
But I’m just such a chicken inside of my heart.
*pronounce it kuh-RIB-ee-uhn and it works, rhythmically!