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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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?