International Limericks 2

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Limerick, a popular form of short, humorous verse that is often nonsensical and frequently ribald. It consists of five lines, rhyming aabba, and the dominant metre is anapestic, with two metrical feet in the third and fourth lines and three feet in the others. Encyclopaedia Britannica

There are currently one hundred and ninety-three states that are recognised members of the United Nations, using the official list available on-line on 5th July, 2021.

As an exercise in internationalism and, perhaps, mental masochism I shall attempt to produce, in strict alphabetic sequence, a limerick based on the name of each member-state (using the short name as commonly used in UK English). Each Wednesday will see between one and seven such limericks, until I have addressed them all. The addition or removal of countries or changes of name during the course of this exercise will not be reflected.

Where the name of a member-state contains five letters (or ten, fifteen or… let’s not get ahead of ourselves, eh?), I shall attempt an acrostic limerick based on that name.

Let me know what you think.



When you land in Luanda, Angola
And feel you’re in need of granola,
Just jump in a car
And drive to a bar.
But don’t get it caught in a molar!


Whist fishing for great barracuda
Off the coast of Antigua and Barbuda,
I felt rather silly
When it bit off my willy.
I should never catch fish in the nuda!


A friend from downtown Cartegena
Flew to see his team play Argentina,
He thought it too far
To drive in a car;
Even his souped-up Lotus Cortina!


There once was a monk from Armenia
Decided to move to Slovenia,
Such was his hurry
He started to worry
Who’d look after his bonsai bauhinia.


Today, I would like to regale ya
With a cautionary tale ’bout Australia
The snakes tend to bite
And the funnel-web might –
That’s if a mad ‘roo doesn’t nail ya.

Anyone care to join in?

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