Storyworks - September 2015

The Reason For The Pelican

John Ciardi 2015-07-15 00:52:40

The reason for the pelican Is difficult to see; His beak is clearly larger Than there’s any need to be. It’s not to bail a boat with— He doesn’t own a boat. Yet everywhere he takes himself He has that beak to tote. It’s not to keep his wife in— His wife has got one, too. It’s not a scoop for eating soup. It’s not an extra shoe. It isn’t quite for anything. And yet you realize It’s really quite a splendid beak In quite a splendid size. UP CLOSE Rhymes The rhymes in this poem follow a repeating pattern. Can you figure out what it is?

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