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This well known Limerick is often misattributed to other famous poets such as Ogden Nash. Dixon Lanier Merritt (1879–1972) was an American poet, editor, historian and humorist

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I have very fond memories of my Grandfather reciting the first two lines of this poem to me as a young lad whenever we were at the seashore where there were always pelicans. I reckon he...

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A Wonderful Bird Is The Pelican

By more Dixon Lanier Merritt

A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold 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!

Another version:

A funny old bird is a pelican.
His beak can hold more than his belican.
Food for a week
He can hold in his beak,
But I don't know how the helican.

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  • Jay Breeden by Jay Breeden
  • 3 months ago

I have very fond memories of my Grandfather reciting the first two lines of this poem to me as a young lad whenever we were at the seashore where there were always pelicans. I reckon he didn't want to recite the entire poem as it ends with helican...but it's nice to know...the rest of the story.

  • William Casson by William Casson
  • 3 months ago

This is hilarious. The play on words is so funny.

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