Geography essentially explains the world we share
Describing near and far off lands and how their worlds compare
The vastly different languages that distant peoples speak
The varied ways of life of which so many are unique.
To sail across great oceans on an ever changing tide
Can stir up one’s emotions as one travels far and wide
To trek across the continents or scale a mountaintop
Or wander through a market as you watch the locals shop.
The pleasure one encounters as one tastes exotic food
The multitude of magic scents that magnify your mood
The endless faiths the odd beliefs the strangely spoken word
Outlandish clothes and mad motifs that sometimes seem absurd.
The boundaries of nation states and all that lies within
The movement of tectonic plates that tear the planet’s skin
The names of every country every region big or small
The climate in the tropics and the months of most rainfall.
Geography it seems to me can help all those who study
By making places on the map a thousand times less muddy
For if you know the whereabouts of rivers lakes and streams
You’ll cast aside unwelcome doubts and fill your head with dreams.