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A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican

A wonderful bird is the pelican
His bill can 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

Tuesday, February 3, 2015
Topic(s) of this poem: bird
Kim Barney 23 August 2015

I've always thought this poem was by Ogden Nash!

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Lisa Claridge 01 May 2016

I always thought it was Spike Milligan!!!

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Mark Lycett 04 November 2020

Me too. I'm sure it was in a Spike poetry book, when I was a kid.

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Cori MacNaughton 07 February 2019

This poem was indeed written by Ogden Nash, and appears in his 1940 book “The Face is Familiar.“

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John Crowder 05 April 2019

Dixon Merritt wrote the pelican poem. An authoritative source, Bartlett's Quotations attributes it to him. My father in law was a friend of Merritt, who was a long-time small town newspaper editor. He always insisted that the poem was by Merritt.

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Linda 05 July 2021

I absolutely Love this limerick

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Dave McCabe 16 November 2020

Timothy Olifant’s character recited this poem In this season’s Fargo. It spoke to me. Love it

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Monica 11 February 2020

I cannot here the word pelican without remembering Daddy quoting this poem.

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Regina Klein Rosa 22 January 2020

Love it, I remembered it from hearing my mom say it to me long ago

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B Akers 12 December 2019

Got a good guffaw out of the computer voice reciting the poem.

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