Where the Pelican Builds
by Mary Hannay Foott (1846-1918)
Mary Hannay Foott wrote this poem while living in south-west Queensland. This part of Australia is often caught in the cycle of droughts followed by flooding rains. The pelican prefers large expanses of open water without too much aquatic vegetation. This provides the best fish breeding conditions. When you see a lot of pelicans, you know there will be lots of fish, their main source of food. So people would look for the pelicans as a sign of a better place to live. And yes, this is the real title of the poem.
The horses were ready, the rails
They had told us of pastures wide and green,
The creek at the ford was but fetlock deep
About the Author
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