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PIGGISH PELICANS

By Josie Whitehead
 

Piggish Pelicans - voice recording

The pelican's a piggish bird

    Whose throat pouch is gigantic.

He, and his friends, circle the seas,

    Especially the Atlantic.

 

They dive down from the sky above,

      Scoop fishes by the score,

But after eating all these fish

     They dive again for more.

 

Sometimes, united with their friends,

    They'll drive fish in a bunch,

And then the greedy pelicans

     Tuck into a good lunch.

 

A pelican eats many things

    That fits into his bill -

So watch out anything that's small,

     You could be his next kill.

 

Without a set of good sharp teeth,

     It swallows victims whole:

It could be your Chihuahua dog,

     Or else a tasty mole.

 

Perhaps you've seen the pelican -

    Oh, he really is absurd!

With outstretched wings and massive bill,

       He is the weirdest bird.

 

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* Piggish:  Resembling a pig, but in a bad way.  This word actually means 'greedy' but using a word that starts with a 'p' gives my poem assonance, the same as 'Greedy Gertrude' etc.  'Cheeky children' is also assonance, hmmm!  

Don't say they don't go for a very small dog.  They  do.  I saw one take a small dog in Australia when I visited that country!  Josie