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Poetry The Reason for the Pelican by John Ciardi 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. ISTOCKPHOTO.COM/GETTY IMAGES FROM THE REASON FOR THE PELICAN BY JOHN CIARDI. COPYRIGHT © 1959 BY JOHN CIARDI. UP CLOSE Rhymes The rhymes in this poem follow a repeating pattern. Can you figure out what it is? STOR YWORKS.SCHOLASTIC.COM • SEPTEMBER 2015 11

The Reason For The Pelican

John Ciardi

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.

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Rhymes The rhymes in this poem follow a repeating pattern. Can you figure out what it is?

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