Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Pointy Things

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

© irene waters 2015

Pelicans have wonderfully long pointed beaks. My Dad always used to say whenever he saw a pelican

A wonderful bird is a pelican

His bill will hold more than his bellican

He can take in his beak

Enough food for a week

But I’m damned if I see how the helican

This day we saw this as the fisherman fed the fish scraps to the birds. One appeared to have a fish stuck sideways and his bill was pushed out at odd angles. All the fisherman had left and I worried as I thought the bird required a vet. Eventually another fisherman came on the scene and laughed at my concern saying that it was quite normal as they hold so much in their beaks they can become quite distorted.

About Irene Waters 19 Writer Memoirist

I began my working career as a reluctant potato peeler whilst waiting to commence my training as a student nurse. On completion I worked mainly in intensive care/coronary care; finishing my hospital career as clinical nurse educator in intensive care. A life changing period as a resort owner/manager on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu was followed by recovery time as a farmer at Bucca Wauka. Having discovered I was no farmer and vowing never again to own an animal bigger than myself I took on the Barrington General Store. Here we also ran a five star restaurant. Working the shop of a day 7am - 6pm followed by the restaurant until late was surprisingly more stressful than Tanna. On the sale we decided to retire and renovate our house with the help of a builder friend. Now believing we knew everything about building we set to constructing our own house. Just finished a coal mine decided to set up in our backyard. Definitely time to retire we moved to Queensland. I had been writing a manuscript for some time. In the desire to complete this I enrolled in a post grad certificate in creative Industries which I completed 2013. I followed this by doing a Master of Arts by research graduating in 2017. Now I live to write and write to live.
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21 Responses to Sunday Stills the Next Challenge: Pointy Things

  1. I love this! 😀 That poem is awesome.

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  2. noelleg44 says:

    Wonderful, Irene! My parents used to quote that poem to me, too! The pelicans seem very tame!

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  3. bkpyett says:

    Such amazing birds, I just love them. Terrific poem too, Irene!

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  4. Norah says:

    I love the photos, Irene. It looks like a very serene spot. I always enjoyed that poem too, though I had forgotten, or was unfamiliar with the last three lines.

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  5. Sherri says:

    Haha! My dad taught me the same poem Irene, and we say it now! Great photos 🙂

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  6. Pingback: Cee’s Fun Foto Challenge: Feathered Friends | Reflections and Nightmares- Irene A Waters (writer and memoirist)

  7. Charli Mills says:

    Big pelicans, though! Funny limerick and has a familiar ring. I had a 6th grade teacher who read us limericks and funny poems.

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