My Country!

This is my country, and I am so proud
Said a man in a voice that was too loud.
And another said, that’s of course true,
But sometimes I like to sing this too:

My country is much larger still.
I’ll tell you why, if you will:
Canada is my country too,
And every country old and new:

Mexico and Bolivia
Ecuador and Colombia,
Panama and Peru,
Even all the oceans blue.

England, Europe, even Finland,
Scotland and even Ireland,
All of Europe, east and west.
North and south and all the rest.

North African lands like Algeria,
Tunisia and Syria,
Iran, Iraq, Libya,
All the lands of Arabia

African ones like Sudan,
I can go just on and on
Alphabetically all the way
From Angola to Zimbabwe.

Mine is Russia and Armenia
Nepal, Bhutan and India,
Afghanistan, Uzbekistan
Israel and also Pakistan.

Two Koreas and Japan
Mainland China and Taiwan,
Australia and New Zealand
Even Iceland and Greenland.

My country is large, it even lies
Beyond land and water, over the skies.
Includes Mars, Venus and Saturn
No matter where in space you turn.

Sun and stars and the Milky Way
Far and near, whatever you say.
I claim all these as mine in verse,
‘Cause I was born in the Universe.

My problem is: With all this might
I’ve no foe with whom to fight.
This World is My World
This World is Your World,
From the South and North Pole
To the Universe as a Whole,
I claim all these as mine in verse,
‘Cause I was born in the Universe.


About Varadaraja V. Raman

Physicist, philosopher, explorer of ideas, bridge-builder, devotee of Modern Science and Enlightenment, respecter of whatever is good and noble in religious traditions as well as in secular humanism,versifier and humorist, public speaker, dreamer of inter-cultural,international,inter-religious peace.
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