Friday, May 12, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 65

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


Now, Ghana was the Gold Coast when
I was in seventh grade
And had a class (geography)—
And a report I made

On Ghana. But I copied it—
The World Book (very neat).
I was so proud of that report—
It seemed, well, such a feat.

Now, Ghana's on the western coast
Of Africa. And has
Some history of slavery
But now is noted as

A place where empires came and went—
Where varied wildlife roam—
A place where for millennia
Some tribes had made a home.

But I still think about that kid—
Of oh so long ago
Who wrote that paper—and who thought
His teacher wouldn’t know.

(She did.)

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