A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
Another landlocked country that’s
In Africa—the west.
The capital is Bamako—
Its cotton is the best.
They’ve got some gold mines (not so bad!)—
And water-power, too.
The elephants and hippos there
Do not have much to do:
They are consigned to pleasant parks
Because of farming land
(You do not want wild animals
To get much out of hand!)
And 1960 was the year
That independence came
From France. And ever since, you know,
It’s not at all the same.
There’s something about freedom, and
Dear independent ways.
I’m guessing (since I’ve not been there)
That now are brighter days.