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.
I took my new girlfriend, Michaela
On a cruise that we knew could entail a
Quick stop in Havana
To buy a bandana
Which she could wear in Venezuela.
After spending some time in Malaysia
With a Polish girl called Anastasia,
I flew to Viet Nam
Where I went with madame
All around that part of South-east Asia.
Travelling is sometimes bittersweet
With mosquito bites from head to feet.
But if you’ve never tried lemon
Fresh grown down in Yemen,
You really are missing a treat.
When the country was called North Rhodesia
You could couple it with Polynesia
But its new name of Zambia
Only rhymes with the Gambia
Which is shorter, so makes the job easier.
Zimbabwe was really quite wealthy
Her people were happy and healthy
But Mugabe and band.
Soon plundered the land.
Whatever he was, it’s not stealthy!
That's it; all 193 done. Phew!