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If  I was God,  the geographic world I would bless:
I’d start by tidying  up my world map for it’s a mess.
First let’s examine the ideal  -  man-made edges can’t be beat.
Look at places like the USA -Canada boundaries  - wow they’re  neat. 
Saskatchewan  and the Four Corners  -  geometric perfection.
Australia’s states  too,  and Africa, especially the northern  section.

It’s the  instinct of all poetic  geography teachers
To want to tidy up  the world map’s ragged features.
The  British Columbia coast needs sweeping with a  big brush and 
All those islands pushed till they’re joined to the mainland.
Same goes for the chilly south coast of Chile:
So many islands and peninsulas  -  it’s just silly. 
And also the fjorded Atlantic coast of Norway:   
Smooth?  Neat?   Geometric?   No way!
The Canadian archipelago too might as well be joined up together
Cos it’s one frozen mass all the time in wintry weather.

Of those messy lakes of Canada and Finland we have no need:   
With God’s giant blotting paper  I’d make them recede.
And  don’t get me started about the crazy course of a river.. . . 
Pure logic and efficiency I can deliver:
The Amazon rises only 60 miles from Peru’s Pacific coast  
But clearly it felt the need to have something to boast.
It should have gone west instead of 4000 miles east  to the Atlantic
A wasted effort,  silly choice  -  it ended up being absurdly gigantic.

And I have bigger complaints, such as South America 
Being fitted back where it belongs into the coast of Africa;
And the Red Sea’s coasts, moved apart like edges of torn paper all raggedy:
Dunno whose idea that was,  but it ain’t foolin nobody.
Obviously they should be stuck back together jigsaw fashion
To satisfy my  geographical  neatness passion.

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*This is the latest in my series of  Nutty Geographical Poems.  
Take a glance at your bedside atlas to see the places mentioned.

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  1. Date: 8/14/2012 5:47:00 AM
    oh what a wonderful world it would be,lol,great write love the neatness Sidney