A doggerel series about the countries of the world.
Another piece of Holy Land—
That famous river, sea named Dead—
It’s all been living in my head
Since boyhood. So I think of sand,
Of deserts, and of Bible tales—
And, yes, of global politics—
A tricky world still full of tricks—
Where Hope so often cries and wails.
A “crossroads,” so some sources say—
A place so crucial in our world—
Where flags of warfare are unfurled—
Where peace lives in some distant day.