Apology to Pelicans (and Birding-aus)

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Subject: Apology to Pelicans (and Birding-aus)
From: Syd Curtis <>
Date: Mon, 06 Aug 2001 09:13:01 +0800
It has been pointed out to me that I messed up a pelican rhyme in a recent
posting.  So my apologies to Birding-aus, to pelicans, and to the (to me)
unknown author.
This may be the correct version:

    A wonderful bird is the Pelican.
    His beak holds more than his belican.
    He can hold in his beak,
    Enough food for a week.
    I wonder how the helican.

So it is properly a true limerick - the verse form devised by Edward Lear.
But I think that this one is probably not one of Lear's, for my recollection
of his limericks is that the first and last lines ended with the same word.
As in this somewhat avian-flavoured example (if I've got it right!) -

    Said the old man with the beard,
    Alas, 'tis just as I feared,
    Two owls and a hen,
    Three larks and a wren,
    Have built their nests in my beard.

(But I'm away from home for a few weeks and can't check my Lear limerick

Syd Curtis

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