The Pelican

“The Pelican” (1910) by Dixon Lanier Merritt

A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.

Note 1:  This poem is often mistakenly attributed to Ogden Nash.
Note 2: Click on the poem title for a slideshow of pelican images.

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