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PELICANS, by                    
First Line: They sail the evening sky, a solemn row
Last Line: As if it were their duty not their will.
Subject(s): Birds; Pelicans


They sail the evening sky, a solemn row
Of fishermen, surprising, quick and deft;
Through carmine stratus of the afterglow,
Unswerving to a useless right or left.
Or they patrol the beach at ebbing tide;
And with unwinking eyes, opaque and neat,
They grasp the scene and calculate beside
What wind and ocean bring for them to eat.
No judges seated on the highest bench
Present more earnest dignity than these;
Unlike the raucous gulls who scream, and wrench
Their daily fare from shifting sands and seas,
They gobble morsels with ungainly bill,
As if it were their duty not their will.





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