Dear All Things Considered, Your interview this evening with Boutros Boutros-Ghali in connection with the publication of his new book caused me to realize how little I had known of his career and how much I learned of it this evening, not to mention how much I regret the departure from the world stage of the musical and truly poetry-inspiring sound of his name. So before his star fades completely, I respectfully offer for your consideration this humble attempt to immortalize the quite satisfactory rhythm and euphony of the name of this great contributor to the cause of world peace: Of all names that have faded >From the lore of human folly, The one I think I miss the most Is Boutros Boutros-Ghali. It rang with such a pleasing note, It made the tongue feel jolly To trip upon the syllables Of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. But no pedestrian was he, No diplomatic Pollyanna To be taken lightly was this Boutros Boutros-Ghali, For it was in a time of war 'Twixt Israel and Palestinian That one first heard the name Of Boutros Boutros-Ghali. Yes, it was he, old BB-G Who helped to end the volley Of weapon-fire 'cross No Man's Land Bestride the Jordan Valley. And it was he who helped to bring Camp David's greats to parley, To forge a peace that still becalms Egyptian and Israeli. So if you're ever feeling low And sorta melancholy, Just say a little prayer of thanks For Boutros Boutros-Ghali! Although he's gone, his name's still known >From Westminster to Bali; For even still today, one hears: "It's Boutros!" "Boutros? Golly!"
(From the "Rest" of RHF)