YAKIMA, Wash. — The sight of a pelican soaring gracefully often brings a smile to my face and this to my mind:
“A wonderful bird is the pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican,
He can take in his beak,
Enough food for a week.
But I’m damned if I see how the helican!”
American poet and humorist Dixon Lanier Merritt penned this limerick in 1910 for the Tennessean, Nashville’s morning paper. The answer to Dix …