Pelican Lost

deep in the arctic snow
far from the coast
the pelican is in a strange land
his deep, orange pouch empty
of the frogs and salamanders
he loves to eat

he wonders how he got here
did he read the wrong guidebooks
perhaps he should have studied
maps more closely, ones that show
him clearly where he should nest
where he might find like-minded creatures
with deep, full beaks
and an aversion to cold weather