International Limericks 10

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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.

Let me know what you think.



Czech Republic is one of those lands
Where power has often changed hands.
Between me and you, 
That may not be true,
But it’s what this old fool understands.


I don’t care what some people say,
We are all without power today.
But if you ask me
I’d rather not be
In the land known as DPRK.


In the heartlands of the DRC
Was a sight I thought never could be.
A brace of giraffe
Were having a laugh; 
But that’s not what it looked like to me.


I lived in a hamlet so dark
That kids wouldn’t play in the park.
A woman called Mary
Said it was so scary;
She felt like the prince of Denmark


I heard that the Greek guy Narcissus
Befriended the Afars and Issas.
I thought it my duty
To go to Djibouti
To establish the truth of what this is.


‘Twas cold, and I’m a heat-seeker,
So we took a trip to Dominica
We thought it was nice
Almost Paradise
And as warm as a well-smoked paprika.

Anyone care to join in?

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