A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
It lies there in that famous sea—*
The one that I once got to see.
(Yes, I know my geography!)
It is an archipelago—
A bunch of islands (as you know)—
They’re full of ancient history, Yo.
It split from England—’64.
Republic now (you know the score)
And hopes it stays so, evermore.
There are no rivers, are no lakes
That stay year ’round (oh, such mistakes?!)—
So Maltese know just what it takes
To save the water when it rains—
On hill and dale, plateau and plains.
(Conserving things? Takes thoughtful brains!)
It’s got some lizards, got a shrew—
And taming it is hard to do.
Enough for me! Oh, how ’bout you?