Wednesday, July 5, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 119

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


You know, of course, of Myanmar—
Once known as Burma, near and far.
But change of name? There is no bar.

There are so many ethnic groups
(And that, of course, means lots of soups!)—
And countless military troops.

It is an ancient Buddhist place—
Most folks believe—it is the base.
Though others say their kinds of grace.

And back in 1962
There was, you know, a final coup—
The military—all was new.

The animals that fascinate
And there in numbers—oh, so great!
You meet a leopard? Guess your fate …

They’ve got some rhino, buffs and boars.
And elephants that to their cores
Are gentle things: One rarely roars.

Though “trumpet” is the word for sound
That sometimes comes from them around
The time they’re moved. And I’ve have found

That being moved emotionally
Can bring some sounds, as well, from me!
Thought “roar” and “trumpet” cannot be!

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