A Pelican Portfolio


..MADNESS DRIFTS LIKE LILY PADS
ON A POND CIRCLING SENSELESSLY;
THE PAINTERS PAINT DIPPING
THEIR REDS AND GREENS AND YELLOWS,
POETS RHYME THEIR LONELINESS,
MUSICIANS STARVE AS ALWAYS
AND THE NOVELISTS MISS THE MARK,
BUT NOT THE PELICAN , THE GULL;
PELICANS DIP AND DIVE, RISE,
SHAKING SHOCKED HALF-DEAD
RADIOACTIVE FISH FROM THEIR BEAKS;
INDEED, INDEED, THE WATERS WASH
THE ROCKS WITH SLIME; AND ON WALL ST.
THE MARKET STAGGERS LIKE A LOST DRUNK
LOOKING FOR HIS KEY…

~ CHARLES BUKOWSKI, ‘THE SUN WIELDS MERCY’

Some of the larger and more charismatic characters among the local fauna, prevalent on the waterfront and along the creek, particularly if a human is fishing in the vicinity.