International Limericks 27

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As an exercise in mental masochism, I shall attempt to produce, in strict alphabetic sequence, a limerick based on the name of each of the 193 member-states of the United Nations* (using the short name as commonly used in UK English, abbreviated where it is common practice or makes it easier). 

* from the official list available on-line on 5th July, 2021. The addition or removal of countries during the course of this exercise will not be reflected Changes of name will only be reflected if it is in my interests to do so.

Comments or implied comments about countries, including those of a geographical nature, are often the result of my struggle to find a set of words that will satisfy the rhythmic and metric requirements of the format. As such, they don’t necessarily reflect my experiences or opinions, or indeed any form of reality.

Let me know what you think.



Homo sapiens has slowly increased 
For three full millennia at least.
You won’t find a boa
In trees on Samoa;
‘Coz man’s the most dangerous beast.


San Marino’s described as serene;
It’s a place that I’ve so far not been.
If it is the same
As its given name
Then it’s one that just has to be seen.


I don’t want to give rise to panic
But although these are islands volcanic.
The main, São Tomé
And next door, Príncipe
Are both healthy, sun-drenched and organic.


A Saudi Arabian daughter
Lost her job as a TV reporter.
Despite all that trammel
She rode on a camel
The length of the vast Empty Quarter.


We boarded the plane in Nepal
Flew westward to fair Senegal
Soon after we landed
We found ourselves stranded.
Who’s worried? We’re having a ball!


In Serbia, let’s go exploring,
We’ll watch eagles and vultures a-soaring.
They hunt and fish there,
Not that I really care;
I find all that stuff rather boring.

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