International Limericks 3

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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.



In Austria, raise your antenna
And make your way straight to Vienna,
A walk by the river
Might help you deliver.
If that doesn’t work, try some senna!


My ex-girlfriend sadly has gone,
Now I have no one to lean on.
My friends said, “At least
She’s gone to the east.”
I wept and said, “Azerbaijan?”


A young man from Nassau, Bahamas
Spent most of his time in pyjamas.
One day the committee
Barred him from the city.
He didn’t expect melodramas!


A merchant of rugs in Bahrain
Imported some carpets from Spain.
But he wasn’t told
That they would grow mould
If left out in the annual rain.

Anyone care to join in?

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