I watch a line of pelicans slip sleekly through the sky.
They always look so elegant when flying way up high.

But when they land, their elegance gets lost without a trace;
it seems a pack of bumbling clowns is waddling in their place.

This poem was first published in Blast Off, Issue No. 2, The School Magazine, March 2018, and then was published again in my poetry book, To Rhyme or Not to Rhyme? (Glimmer Press, 2019).

39 thoughts on “Pelicans

  1. Hi Kristin
    I like this poem because it is true, when pelicans fly they look elegant and when they are on land they look like there clowns because they are very very clumsy

    • Hi Caleb,

      I’m glad you agree with my observation. It took me a very long time to get this poem just right. I knew what I wanted to say, but the words wouldn’t co-operate!


  2. Hi Kristen
    I really enjoyed that poem because it had really good words that
    describe the way the pelican moves.

  3. I think pelicans are weird but that is just mainly my problem. Pelicans do look elegant when they fly in fact any bird looks elegant when they fly in the blue sky, don’t you think? What made you write this? I am guessing that you were at the beach and you saw some pelicans flying about in the Sky so you thought “Why don’t I write a poem about them?”.


  4. hello Kristin

    I really like this poem
    I love where u said they were like a pack of bumbling clown
    I enjoy looking for pelicans on family trips
    from Kiara

    • Hi Kristin
      I really love this poem and totally agree with you! They look so elegant when flying, then bumbling clowns come in their place! I really love the description. Do you have any tips for when I am writing a poem? I’m not very good!


        • Hi Kiara,

          I like that line too. It took me a long time to think of it (this poem took me almost a year to write. Of course, I wasn’t working on it for that long, it was a year between when I started it and when I finished it.).


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