[TN-Bird] Bird poems

  • From: Don Miller <raincrow@xxxxxxx>
  • To: TN-Bird <TN-bird@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Bristol-birds <bristol-birds@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>, Butternuts <butternuts@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Fri, 16 Dec 2005 08:53:44 -0500


Okay, so Dixon Merritt wrote the famous pelican limerick, or so it's 
said. But whether he wrote it or not, Ogden Nash is often given credit 
for it. Old Og is no longer around to set the record straight on this, 
but he does live on in other poems whose authorship is not in question. 

/*The Duck*/:

Behold the duck.
It does not cluck.
A cluck it lacks.
It quacks.
It is specially fond
Of a puddle or pond.
When it dines or sups,
It bottoms ups.

/*The Turkey*/:

There is nothing more perky
Than a masculine turkey.
When he struts he struts
With no ifs or buts.
When his face is apoplectic
His harem grows hectic,
And when he gobbles
Their universe wobbles.

/*The Canary*/:

The song of canaries
Never varies,
And when they’re moulting
They’re pretty revolting.

/*The Gander*/:

Be careful not to cross the gander,
A bird composed of beak and dander,
His heart is filled with prideful hate
Of all the world except his mate.
And if the neighbors do not err
He’s overfond of beating her.
Is she happy? What’s the use
Of trying to psychoanalyze a goose?

And last, but certainly not least--a little ditty about bird watchers 
with weapons of mass destruction:

/*The Hunter*/

The hunter crouches in his blind
’Neath camouflage of every kind,
And conjures up a quacking noise
To lend allure to his decoys.
This grownup man, with pluck and luck,
Is hoping to outwit a duck.

Don Miller
Greeneville, Greene Co., TN
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