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Lewis Melican

To label Melican

the ugly pelican

   is just not on,

because Melican

is not a pelican,

   he is a swan.






About Damian Balassone

Damian Balassone is a delusional Collingwood supporter who writes poetry and fiction. He is the author of 'Strange Game in a Strange Land'.


  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says

    You’re not Coorong there DB

    David Gulpilil
    Felt very ill
    Coorong mullet
    In the gullet
    Or 6 o’clock swill?

  3. Ah, Coorong! The Pelican capital of Australia.

    Sydney have not obliged by leaving Melican out of the 22 tonight. Let’s hope he’s a late inclusion.

  4. Peter warrington says

    love this poem and PB’s and I have serious hair envy re Melican.

    The second time around…
    By peterwarrington65

    I want to come back as a pelican
    I’m not actually planning to die
    But it’s never to late to start planning
    And next time, I want to fly

    I want to come back as a pelican
    How cool do you think that would be?
    Fishing, flying and sleeping
    And waking up next to the sea

    I want to come back as a pelican
    Not now, not next week
    You better get used to the idea
    Of me sticking in my big beak

    I want to come back as a pelican
    Not a dog, a cat or a horse
    I want to come back as a pelican
    A good looking, young one, of course

    Yes, I want to come back as a pelican
    That could almost make death worthwhile
    So don’t get into a flap
    If you see me with a fish head in my mouth
    And splaying out my legs
    With eyes like saucers
    And retractable head
    It’s just me, practising my pelican smile

    There was a pink flamingo
    Whose favourite Beatle was Ringo
    She drummed with one leg in the air
    She loved him; yeah yeah yeah!

  5. Love your work Peter. What is it about the pelican that lends itself to verse?

    Especially like the flamingo quatrain. Can almost imagine that being sung on Magical Mystery Tour.

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