International Limericks 11

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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.



Dominican Republic and Haiti
Share an island, so have to be matey.
That happens a lot,
Like England and Scot,
And Wales where a pint costs three-eighty!


In the hillsides of high Ecuador
Making money can be quite a chore.
Eking a living
On land unforgiving:
Not something I’d like to explore.


Egypt: the land of the sphinx
Goes back further than anyone thinks.
When Moses arrived
His nation survived. 
That’s worth the price of a few drinks.


El Salvador’s really terrific
With a coastline right on the Pacific.
For several reasons
It has just two seasons
But I don’t want to be too specific.


My bestie was trying to big me,
So he searched for the land of the Pygmy.
Equatorial Guinea
Is the place wherein he
Had a bout of the dread borborygmi.


While seeking somewhere to retire,
Each place offered much to admire.
We flew from Malaya
Up to Eritrea
But would we find scope for a buyer?

Anyone care to join in?

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