Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Around the World in the Good Ship DOGGEREL, 133

A doggerel series about the countries of the world.


Ah, yes! That famous long canal!
That country Panama!
And all the conflicts we have seen—
Things freeze and then they thaw

In conflicts international—
It’s thus been ever so:
One country wants what you folks have—
As if you didn’t’ know!

Its capital is Panama—
With “City” added on—
A naming plan that, once begun,
Has traveled on and on.

The Spanish came—and stayed and stayed.
And Venezuela ruled.
(And I, who just have learned of this,
At last have been well-schooled!)

All kinds of monkeys swing along,
And snakes seem everywhere.
Some insects, too, are poisonous,
And jaguars (it’s not fair!)

Can run you down, and end your life—
That’s troublesome—a bunch!
You go to visit Panama—
And end up being lunch!

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