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.

 

SAMOA

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

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.

SAO TOME AND PRINCIPE

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.

SAUDI ARABIA

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.

SENEGAL

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!

SERBIA

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.

International Limericks 26

canstockphoto12290151300.jpg
© Can Stock Photo & damedeeso used with permission

 

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.

 

ROMANIA

In twenty-sixteen we did see
What UK folk wanted to be.
In an act of near-mania
I voted Romania,
But it’s spelt with an o, not an e.

RUSSIA

From Moscow to Vladivostok
The Russian train runs like a clock.
The only criteria
When you’re in Siberia
Is don’t post your stuff to Tick-Tock.

RWANDA

I climbed in the clapped-out old Honda
That I swapped for my pet anaconda.
It was green, rust and pink
And I never did think
It would get all the way to Rwanda.

SAINT KITTS AND NEVIS

When we got to Saint Kitts and Nevis,
Some villains there tried to relieve us
Of all of our cash,
My head they did bash,
And left a wound I would call grievous.

SAINT LUCIA

The flowers grown in Windward Isles
Are the finest that I’ve seen by miles.
I’ve heard that the fuschia
They grow in Saint Lucia
Are the source of a plethora of smiles.

SAINT VINCENT AND THE GRENADINES

Jo Harrington studied her genes
Kept her busy through most of her teens.
Her friend Henry Pinsent
Had links to Saint Vincent;
Jo’s roots were in the Grenadines.

International Limericks 25

canstockphoto12290151300.jpg
© Can Stock Photo & damedeeso used with permission

 

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.

 

PHILIPPINES

A Philippines girl called Camilla
Had a houseboat near Metro Manila.
Twas fine – till it rained
And then, she explained,
Her suburb became a flotilla. 

POLAND

I once had a pen-pal called Roland
Who wanted to travel to Seoul and 
Find work with Samsung
While living among
The expats who came out from Poland.

PORTUGAL

In Portugal, next door to Spain
Wine and biscuits are served on the plain.
If you are the sort
That gets weepy on port,
You’re probably best to abstain.

QATAR

My friend said I shouldn’t go far
If I’m going down with catarrh.
I just shook my head,
And told him what I said,
Is we’re landing for fuel in Qatar!.

KOREA

I always have reason to worry
When eating with my good friend Murray
His food from Korea
Gives me diarrhoea
And don’t let me start on his curry!

MOLDOVA

In the southeast of England, near Dover
We bought two cats – Gizmo and Rover.
I asked, “Did you breed them,
And what should I feed them?”
She said, “Don’t know, they’re from Moldova.”.