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.
Whilst driving through lowland and highland
I spotted a strange traffic island.
It caused me to linger,
But I can’t put my finger…
That’s it! It’s the same shape as Thailand.
My holiday in Indonesia
Left me with selective amnesia.
I remember the best day
Was in Timor-Leste;
Or was I still in anaesthesia?
What is there to say about Togo
Except, on my pay, it’s a no-go.
But I could buy a bag
That features their flag
And a sunny, savannah plains logo.
One-sixty-nine isles of Pacific,
Make up Tonga, and that’s quite specific.
A remote paradise
Which is really quite nice
Till a volcano strikes – that’s horrific!.
TRINIDAD AND TOBAGO
Explore Trinidad and Tobago
In the comfort of your Winnebago.
Relax and unwind
From the workaday grind
Then ask yourself, “Where did the day go?”
I booked with the tour firm, Fly-Inter
Some Tunisian sun in the winter.
I paid with my phone
Then waited alone
As the ticket came out on my printer
Bear with me - not long to go now.