Friday, July 7, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 121

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


It’s tiny. It’s an island. I
Had never heard of it
Until I started writing this—
And then I learned a bit.

It’s out in Micronesia, and
It’s tropical, of course.
And in the Second World War
The Japanese used force

To take the place and use it for
An outpost. Now it’s rare
For visitors to come and stay—
Enjoy the beaches there.

It gained its independence back
In 1968.
And phosphate drawn from guano once
Brought money to the state.

But it is a democracy—
And that’s good news for all,
For sense and sensibility
In other cases fall.

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