Wednesday, June 13, 2007

Bird ditty

Naples city dock

"A wonderful bird is the pelican

His bill (beak) will hold more than his belican (stomach can).

He can take in his beak

Food enough for a week,

But I'm damned if I see how the helican. (hell he can)"

~Dixon Lanier Merritt

This is a very funny verse, but I imagine it might be difficult for my foreign visitors. So I've added some words in parenthesis to make it a bit clearer...

21 comments:

Moi said...

haha...i have always laughed at that limerick.....and now i'm gonna use it for a post on pelicans whenever i do one..thanx for remiding moi..:)

Olivier said...

nous sommes tout les deux dans la poesie ce matin. tres belle photo qui va tres bien avec ce poeme. bravo

we are both in poetry this morning. very beautiful photograph which goes very well with this poem. cheer

Nikon said...

I've never seen one up here in Rhode Island - I wonder what their range is?

Kate said...

They are energetic birds, noisy, and appear clumsy but you caught this one beautifully in flight!

Maraï said...

I love your shot, especially the sky: the blue looks amazing!
Thanks for visiting my blog yesterday!
Maraï from Brisbane
http://brisbane-dailyphoto.blogspot.com/

Peter said...

Nice combination of words and picture! (Never saw a pelican in wild life. Are there many around?)

zannnie said...

oh beautiful shot of the Pelican taking flight ;)

I'm back Isabella, to Budapest and dp too ;) you can see my first post today since my arrival in May.

GMG said...

Truly wonderful bird, but the picture and the text also helps to the enjoyment!

Frank said...

You make it look like an airport for birds, "Flight Pelican 2-3-4 coming in for a landing". I can imagine all the little pelicans behind you screaming, "Mommy's home, mommy's home...".

Abraham Lincoln said...

I like your photo and this is the first time I have ever seen or read the whole bit about the pelican.

Abraham Lincoln
Just a Lily today, plus a shaft of sunshine on my oak tree. A blessing for a bountiful crop — I hope.
Brookville Daily Photo

magiceye said...

lovely!

Nathalie said...

Funny how your pelicans are different to ours here. Do they dive from great heights to catch some fish? The pelicans I saw in Costa Rica used to do that but I've never seen Australian pelicans do it...

Love this very clever poem!
(untranslatable, unfortunately!)

Jilly said...

Superb photo of a beautiful bird. Love the ditty. I've never read this before - wish I'd known it when I live in Queensland - many pelicans there. So much of Naples reminds me of Cairns except that Naples looks posher! Guess I'm referring to weather and wildlife really.

Peter said...

Thanks for your separate message about pelicans. I had a new look now via your link. Thanks!

Beetle said...

Thank you for make me laughing Isabella...I will never need a face lifting if I keep laughing like you made me ;o)

Dsole said...

Cool shot Isabella! this is a funny bird!

April said...

It's funny verses. Many schoolchildren here in Germany know them because it's in schoolbooks as a limerick ;-)

Mandy said...

I know the poem but never heard of Dixon Merritt - I always thought it was by E C Bentley -- maybe he only illustrated it -- I must search my bookshelves for a copy

laurel said...

I've never heard this! I love it. Very nice shot as well.

Fabrizio ikol22 said...

Thank you about help (I needed it)... :-)

Lessie said...

Great capture of the Pelican in flight!