Occasionally whimsy hits, and the mind turns to childhood poems heard from my father, who, driving along would suddenly see a pelican along the Gulf shore and recite this poem.
A wonderful bird is a pelican,
His bill will hold more than his belican.
He can take in his beak
Food enough for a week;
But I'm damned if I see how the helican.
He thought it was by Ogden Nash, but authority has it that it was written in 1910 by Dixon Lanire Merrith.
Readers of Preludium are now in danger of whimsy Wednesday, in which the President of Preludium Theological and Poetical Institute (PTPI) and head of its Theological sub- committee, gives a first reprise in honor of the Anglican Covenant, a lesser effort to define Anglicans. To wit:
A wonderful bird is the Anglican,
Whose mouth holds more than the cerebelican,
Who has words that can feed
Every culture in need,
But I’m damned if I see how the helican.
The return to gnarly Anglican problems will continue after Clergy group. Try your hand. Heaven knows you can't do worse than this.