The Pelican: Dixon Lanier Merritt


Oh, a wondrous bird is the pelican!
His beak holds more than his belican.
He takes in his beak
Food enough for a week.
But I’ll be darned if I know how the helican.

Dixon Lanier Merritt 1979-1972

The Pelican, in Nashville Banner 22 April 1913
The illustration is ‘The American Pelican’ by Audubon via Wikimedia

About layanglicana

Author of books on Calcutta, Delhi and Dar es Salaam, I am now blogging as a lay person about the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. I am also blogging about the effects of World War One on the village of St Mary Bourne, Hampshire.
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