The Beak of the Pelican

By J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942
She looks for wiggly fishes,
At least so it appears,
To stuff inside the suitcase
That's swinging from her ears.

And though she's very graceful
When flying round and round,
How does she get that faceful
Of luggage off the ground?

J. Patrick Lewis, "The Beak of the Pelican" from A Hippopotamusn’t, published by The Dial Press. Copyright © 1990 by J. Patrick Lewis.  Reprinted by permission of Curtis Brown, Ltd. 

Source: A Hippopotamusn’t (The Dial Press, 1990)

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Poet J. Patrick Lewis b. 1942

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

Subjects Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature, Animals

 J. Patrick Lewis

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Former Children's Poet Laureate J. Patrick Lewis grew up in Gary, Indiana and earned a BA at Saint Joseph’s College, an MA at Indiana University, and a PhD in economics at the Ohio State University. Lewis taught in the department of Business, Accounting and Economics at Otterbein College in Westerville, Ohio, until 1998 when he became a full-time writer.

Lewis is the author of more than fifty books of poetry for children, which . . .

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SUBJECT Activities, Eating & Drinking, Nature, Animals

POET’S REGION U.S., Midwestern

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