International Limericks 34

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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.

VENEZUELA

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.

VIET NAM

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.

YEMEN

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.

ZAMBIA

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

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!

International Limericks 33

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.

UNITED KINGDOM

A wealthy young woman called Heather
Was stretched to the end of her tether.
She’d no longer stay
At home in UK;
Why not? Unpredictable weather.

TANZANIA

It seemed like a splendid idea
To send some rare birds to Korea.
Till the flight from a zoo
In the north of Peru
Crash landed in south Tanzania.

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

My son lives in the USA,
I’ve not seen him for many a day.
I frequently look
At his page on Facebook
And that really is all I can say.

URUGUAY

Have you ever had warm apple pie
On the ocean front in Uruguay?
Are you ever frantic
To see the Atlantic
Without ever knowing quite why?

UZBEKISTAN

Stanley Wallace, a handsome young man
And a mate of my sailor fried Dan
Bizarrely broke cover
And spoke of his lover.
Now I must know, Uzbekistan?

VANUATU

On the full flag of Vanuatu
There’s a boar’s tusk and cycad leaves two
Red, yellow and green
And black can be seen
But it does not contain any blue…


Bear with me - almost there.

International Limericks 32

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.

TURKEY

The weather here’s often quite murky,
The people sometimes just too quirky.
It gives me an urge,
My money to splurge
On a fortnight unwinding in Turkey.

TURKMENISTAN

The thing with my sailor friend, Dan,
Is he’s really from Turkmenistan.
Though he follows the breeze
O’er all the world’s seas,
He gets back whenever he can.

TUVALU

Another South Sea paradise,
Tuvalu is thoroughly nice.
But use suntan lotion
Coz out on the ocean
The sun will burn you in a trice.

UGANDA

Sitting out on a bamboo verandah
You see in a tree a Red Panda.
If you have any doubts
About your whereabouts,
Here’s a clue, you are not in Uganda.

UKRAINE

The military tanks on a train
Are said to be leaving Ukraine.
But if what you perceive
Is what you believe,
There’s something they need to explain.

UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
(UAE)

Since I lived in the UAE
On the coast of Dubai, near the sea.
Its wealth has exploded
And now, if you’re loaded
It’s the obvious place you should be.


Bear with me - not long to go now.