There were 24 people in the expedition
There were 24 days during the
There were five vehicles on the golden road
There were two of camping
The name of the Expedition was Entomology
The findings of the Expedition
were insects and larvae
The things of measuring were mountain’s
height and river’s
The things of saving were food, petrol and time.
Eight people came from
Sixteen people came from Mongolia
They all were a big family
They all were warm-hearted colleagues.
There was a hard principle among
the five vehicles
They never violated the principles
They had just a purpose
They had to go by a road.
What vehicles were there?
Would you like to know them?
If you want to know them
I will introduce about them.
The First Jeep
The jeep came from Khentii
The jeep was very reliable
The jeep was to lead the others
The jeep was named “Leader Jeep”
Bagaa was the driver of
Bagaa was very kindly and responsible.
But he was a bit of a sleeper
But he never lost his job.
A foreign professor sat on the right hand of
Who was called John Morse
The map of Mongolia was always with him
His knowledge was great
He was one member of the family.
The translator sat behind him
Who came from Khentii province
She liked getting up in the morning
Her hobby was climbing up the mountain
Her given name was Khandaa
The Expedition gave her the name “Wild
Mr. Jon Gelhaus sat on the left hand of the translator
He came from America
Everybody liked his laughing
Really, he was kindly and good-hearted.
Doctor Namkhaidorj sat right behind
He was like the map of Mongolia
His responsibility was showing the direction
His memory was wonderful.
Those five people were travelling in this jeep
during the expedition
Sometimes the leader jeep confused
Somebody called it the “Confused
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The Second Vehicle
The second vehicle followed the leader jeep
This vehicle was a van
The driver of the van was Tumur
The driver became the father of 22 children
This man got married to the
lead cooker for 24 days
Andrew sat beside the driver
He started his interest in insects when he
Already he had decided to be an entomologist.
The next two members were
also of the van
They came from Lithuania
They were named Virginija and Sigitas
They were two of the nicest people
of the expedition
The little girl who was named Erin
This was her first visit to Mongolia
The food was very difficult for her
She was missing her parents and her country
She was happy during the trip
One of the cookers was named Deesuren
She gave birth to 22 children in her
Mr. John Morse was her oldest son
Ms. Virginija was her youngest daughter
She cooked tasty food
She liked to joke very much
She loved all her children
The children all had different fathers.
The youngest cooker was Bayarmaa
She was a very pretty girl.
She cooked the meals very well.
She was really kind.
Everybody liked her.
A man fell in love with her.
But she didn’t reciprocate his love.
Because she loved another man.
There were seven people in this van.
Their van’s name was “The
Longest Legs Van”
Also it had another name
“Big Nose and
Crooked Leg Van.”
The Third Vehicle
The truck followed the van
There were two people in the truck
The driver was Naraa
Naraa was always quiet while he was driving
Ariunaa was also quiet while
she was travelling
There wasn’t any music in their truck
There wasn’t any talk
between the driver and Ariunaa
They were both quiet during the trip
Therefore the truck was named “Bored
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The Fourth Vehicle
The green jeep followed the
The driver of the jeep was very elegant
He liked washing himself and his
He was a little obstinate
There was an old foreign person
He ate very little
Also he became hungry very easily
His name was Naazaa (Ignas)
Oyunaa sat right behind of this man
She wanted to go to her home when she
was missing her children.
She wanted to meet her husband when she was missing
She wanted to stay here for more days when she found new things.
Uugnaa sat on the left side of her
Usually she dreamed of her boyfriend
She was rushing to meet him in Tosontsengel
She was very happy when she
met with him.
Nasaa was a student of professor Namkhaidorj
She dreamed water-beetles
when she slept.
She looked for the insects in the river when she woke
She adhered to her teacher’s doctrine
Everyday she thought about
She wanted to find out new things
She increased her sphere of knowledge.
The green jeep had two names
’One name was “The Fourth Vehicle”
The second name
The Last Jeep
The super jeep came from Khentii
The gray sixty-nine was the last one.
The jeep was called the “Last
The jeep was youngest of all
The jeep had four brothers
The jeep never was ahead of all
The jeep had a lot of flies one time
That is why it became named the “Black
Bayaraa was the driver of the “Last Vehicle”
born in Khentii
Bayaraa was a good helper for all
Bayaraa was a kindly man.
Barbara was one boss of the trip
Barbara liked joking with the group
Sometimes it was difficult for her
Because she missed her children and husband
After sampling she collected
At this time she always had a big red binder
She walked quickly between
Noted, wrote, asked, talked and answered for all.
Sanaa sat right behind
She dresses like a man
She could be a wrestler if she was a man
She is a very determined lady
Suvdaa was a student of Professor Morse.
She usually worked with her teacher
After the collection in the afternoon
Munkhou had a baby
She was a kindly girl
She went back to UB.
They all went up and down the many valleys
They all crossed many rivers
They all investigated many kinds of insects
They all traveled together for
a long way.
They saw many good things
They visited many nice places
They admired the beauty of the nature of Mongolia.
They counted themselves
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Quiet flows the river of Tuul
Long and nice river of Orkhon
Red and Hujirt rivers
Quick flows the river of Chuluut
The back and front side of the long Tamir
With clean water the river of
On the wide steppe river of Khaniu
Beautiful and clean the river of Ider
Big and small rivers of Solongot
Arjargalant and Kharzain rivers
The narrow river of Grinj
Three rivers of Terkh
Clean rivers of Zegst and Zagastai
Wide rivers of Tarni and Sarai
The Mountains and Davaas
The steep davaa of Eg
The improved davaa of Solongot
Elsen Tasarkhai and Shapt’s davaas
The Terkh’s white lake is
beautifully set in the steppe
The Angry lake is beautifully set in the forest
The Mandarin ducks are beautifully
set in the Swan Lake
The Ogii lake is beautifully in the bulrush
The beautiful waterfall of Orkhon
The Big Stone “Taikhar”
The forest “A Hundred Trees”
capital of Mongolia - Kharkhorin
Ancient center of Buddhism of Mongolia – Erdenezuu
mountain of Mongolia – “Khorgo”
temple of Mongolia – “Shankh”
They mostly had lunch between
1 and 2
They mostly camped between 7 and 9
They mostly left between 11 and 12
They mostly travelled for 6 and 7 hours.
They went quickly as soon as they came to a sampling place
started to grope for insects in the water
and picked them up from the
Some of them dug the ground for ground insects
Some of them went to the
forest for insects.
When they were having lunch and dinner
When they were travelling for a
When they were resting somewhere
When they were talking about something
Their eyes usually looked for the
Their eyes usually interested in everything.
Their eyes usually looked
on the ground and the windows of vehicles
Their eyes never rested during
They quickly put the found insects in the small bottle
The insects were
drunk in the alcohol
They made the collection when the insects died
They wrote their names
on the bottles
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Cookers and Drivers
The cookers thought about lunch at breakfast time
Then again they thought
about dinner at lunch time
Also they thought about breakfast at dinner
The drivers often helped the
cookers while they were preparing the meal
They (took turns) on duty day
The person on duty got up early in the morning
Then he made a fire, tea,
wood, and prepared the food with the cookers.
They were happy when the weather was nice
They were happy when they found
They were happy when it wasn’t rain
They were happy when there wasn’t
They were sad when there was rain
They were sad when they found nothing
They were sad when they missed their
They were sad when they were separated from each other.
Between each other
the Mongolians wanted to call all foreigners by other names
So they called
them by the names on a deck of cards
They called John Morse:
The first boss
They called Jon Gelhaus:
The second Boss
They called Barbara:
The third boss of the expedition
They called Andrew:
They called Erin:
They called Ignas:
Sain naizaa (good friend)
They called Sigitas and Virginija:
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They had those principles in their trip
They had those jobs during their
They travelled for 24 days
There were 24 people during the trip.
I am sorry Everybody!
I am not an author
I am just interested in the poem
I tried to write about the expedition
Don’t be angry with me if
you don’t like it
Don’t scold me when you read it
Don’t be offended when you
listen to it.
Don’t forget it if you like it.
© Khandsuren, July 26, 2004
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