A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
A name that sounds a little like
Some kind of weird disease:
A kid—oh, no, poor little boy!—
Who’s born with tiny knees.
But, no, of course, it’s islands that
The name is standing for,
Spread out in the Pacific—oh,
Two thousand islands! More!
Australia lies southwest of them—
A stable chunky place
That has much bigger landmass—but
Small size is no disgrace.
It’s got some strange wild critters there—
On land and in the sea.
They have one thing in common: They
Have never looked at me.
(And probably never will.)