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Helen the Pelican


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Helen the elegant pelican’s belly can
swallow up fish from all shores South American.
When she’s afloat with her flock she can frolic on
minnows and carp, or the produce of Oregon;
scoop, strain and swallow the fish from the waters there,
rudd, roach or loach? Helen hasn’t a thought or care.
Ten merry tench, or a school of swift sticklebacks!
Walking the park, she eats pigeons with quick attacks!
Flying migrations with flocks of her feathered friends,
all the world’s fish will know terror that never ends.
Webs on her feet that will walk on the wettest sands,
Helen’s the best of the elegant pelicans.


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