Thought I would route this to One Shot Wednesday for a little love...enjoy! And check out some great writing while you're in the One Stop neighborhood.
The Precocious Pelican
By Lemuel Crouse
As I sat looking out on a slate-gray sea,
A precocious pelican swooped from the sky
And lazily glided in front of me
Until a fine fish caught his eye.
At once he dove in headlong manner,
Splashing down noisily amongst the waves.
Then floating proudly, a wind-tossed banner,
A nod of the head to me he gave.
With tipping beak and gulping throat,
He slickly swallowed his salty snack.
Then, flapping his wings, the water he smote,
And my pelican flew off without looking back.
To be a bird like he I sometimes wish,
To have a home upon some marshy shore,
With naught to do but fly and swim and fish,
And be a haunted human, nevermore.
(Photo courtesy of me, taken in Charleston Harbor, March 2010)