International Limericks 13

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One hundred and ninety-three states 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, abbreviated where it is common practice). Each Wednesday will see a handful of 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.

Comments or implied comments about countries are often the result of struggling for a set of words that will satisfy the rhythmic and metric requirements of the format, and are not necessarily reflective of my experiences or opinions, or of any established facts.

Let me know what you think.

 

GAMBIA

Surrounded by fair Senegal,
The Gambia is actually quite small.
Down by the Atlantic
Life can be quite frantic;
Just ask at the local dance hall.

GEORGIA

For those of a U.S. persuasion,
Georgia’s a country Eurasian.
Despite that its name
Is spelt just the same,
It’s part of the region Caucasian.

GERMANY

In Germany, there’s been a selection
Of leaders who stood for election.
The result was quite nifty
Damn near fifty-fifty. 
Which leads them to much introspection.

GHANA

There once was a woman called Rana
Who moved from UK down to Ghana.
When I asked her why,
Her only reply
Was, “For a better class of banana.”

GREECE

A chorister left the Police
And moved to his villa in Greece.
He’ll be back before long
With a different song
He has just a seven-year lease.

GRENADA

My so-called best friend was quite mean;
He said I’d had too much caffeine.
“Eat your enchilada;
And think of Grenada.
It’s farther than you’ve ever been.”


Anyone care to join in?

Limericks from prompts 13

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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

A series of limericks produced in response to various prompts. These will appear on Saturday mornings wherever possible.

Where any prompt contains exactly five or letters, I may attempt an acrostic limerick based on that word (or a pair in the case of ten-letter prompts).

Let me know what you think.

 

SPECTACLE

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/25/spectacle/)

My boss sends me near apoplectical
By his pedantic bursts dielectical.
It makes me despair
That there’s always a pair
And that no-one puts on just one spectacle!

CLUELESS

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/26/clueless/)

“You’re clueless,” my mother once said
After making an apple pie bed,
“You’re not very bright –
You’ll not sleep all night!”
Have you never wished you were dead?

ADJUSTMENT

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/27/adjustment/)

My motor was acting quite manic,
So I had a word with my mechanic.
“Needs adjustment,” he said,
“It’s a long way from dead,”
Averting one more major panic.

BITTERSWEET

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/28/bittersweet/)

Her love was what made my heart beat,
Without her I’d be incomplete.
“I’ll miss you so much,”
She said with a touch.
That goodbye hug was bittersweet.

WATERY

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/29/watery/)

There once was a brave knave called Dave
Who forced me to dive in a wave.
He pushed on my head
And left me for dead;
Alone in a watery grave.

GENETIC

for Kristian (https://talesfromthemindofkristian.wordpress.com/2021/09/30/genetic/)

Perhaps it’s a burden genetic
Gives rise to behaviour pathetic.
Knowing I’m thick
Makes me feel quite sick.
How much is an anti-emetic?

My life has been lately frenetic
So much that it leaves me splenetic.
These feelings of rancour
Have been like an anchor.
Is this, too, a problem genetic?

International Limericks 12

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One hundred and ninety-three states 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, abbreviated where it is common practice). Each Wednesday will see a handful of 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.

Comments or implied comments about countries are often the result of struggling for a set of words that will satisfy the rhythmic and metric requirements of the format, and are not necessarily reflective of my experiences or opinions, or of any established facts.

Let me know what you think.

 

ESTONIA

Estonia has two thousand islands,
A Baltic coastline but no highlands,
It’s in the EU,
Unlike me and you,
Which makes it look better than my lands.

ETHIOPIA

On Africa’s horn, Ethiopia
Is not my idea of Utopia.
Where Haile Selassie 
Ruled with efficacy;
Or do I have hypermetropia?.

FIJI

An Italian lad called Luigi
Was proud of his new yellow squeegee.
I once heard him say
It was bought on eBay 
From a trader in faraway Fiji.

FINLAND

The happiest people on Earth
Know what their enjoyment is worth.
In Finland it takes
Much more than the lakes;
We’re talking contentment, not mirth.

FRANCE

Some years ago, we took the chance
And moved from the UK to France.
We came back again,
Not just for the rain
But in view of a new circumstance.

GABON

Gabon is on Africa’s west,
Though for my money east is the best.
Six months in Nigeria
Near gave me hysteria.
I had to come home for a rest!


Anyone care to join in?