Wednesday, October 31, 2012

ABC Wednesday—P is for "pelican"

O, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His bill holds more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Enough food for a week.
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
—Dixon Lanier Merritt, The Pelican [1910]

I've seen this clever limerick attributed to Ogden Nash
and also to Edward Lear. But credit where it's due:
Merritt was a newspaperman, poet, and humorist
(and if Bartlett's says he wrote it . . . case closed).

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  1. I agree it is indeed a wondrous bird..

    PhenoMenon, ABCW Team

  2. an optimistic creature - yes, he can!
    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

  3. A great billionaire American
    From the famous Valley Silicon
    Built a yacht for the sea
    But for beauty give me
    Alexa’s pic of the pelican

  4. I look at pelicans and see cartoons. They are such comical souls. And very cute.

  5. What a wonderful photo! (And I'm glad you seem to have weathered the terrible storm in good shape, hope the pelicans and other birds did as well!)

    When I was 14, my grandmother typed up a collection of her favorite quotes and poems in a little notebook for me (which I added to till I had two notebooks full, and then my computer took over the job of storing more!) "The Pelican" was always a favorite of hers, and she typed it into my notebook. I just looked it up, and am pleased to say that she credited it correctly! :-)

  6. Whoa, a stunner! And if I'm not mistaken, Lily has a pelican today, too!

  7. Pretty pelican! and a great shot for the theme.

    P is for...

  8. Beautiful photo. I enjoyed the limerick.

  9. Your photo fits the poem perfectly!

  10. I don’t know which I like watching best: pelicans skimming over the surface of the sea or dive bombing.

  11. TG -- I'm casting my vote for dive-bombing!


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