I Am the Walrus

No, no, that’s not right. How could I be the walrus? After all, I am the cormorant. The thoughtful one on the right, not that gauche fellow on the left.

Collage of two cormorant photos

Or maybe I’m the pelican-as-librarian, keeping one or the other or both eyes on you. Don’t make me come over there.

Or I could be the pelican-as-teenager, delighting in my new wings and in how much space I can take up.

Or maybe I am the pelican-as-introvert, intruding the very least.


Or, you know, I could be the startled/laughing gull.

Wait, what?

But I am definitely not the walrus. I never did get that song.

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13 Responses to I Am the Walrus

  1. Tom Watson says:

    Are any of those birds saying, “Walrus! Starboard side!”

  2. Nice interpretations on nice images Isabel

  3. Thanks to your commentary, these birds are even funnier than I thought. I am sending them to my sister for extra entertainment.

    • Isabel Gibson says:

      Judith – 🙂 I know that anthropomorphism is a no-no, but it wouldn’t be taboo if there weren’t a temptation to do it!

  4. John Whitman says:

    Isabel – I never got the meaning of “I am the Walrus” either. However, I blame that on Lennon being high on drugs when he wrote it.

  5. barbara carlson says:

    Some secular exegesis — It was a spoof and jab at Bob Dylan’s “nonsense” lyric poetry.
    “I can write that crap, too,” said Lennon. Well, he had help.

    When Lennon decided to write confusing lyrics, he asked his friend Pete Shotton for a nursery rhyme they used to sing. Shotton gave them this rhyme, which Lennon incorporated into the song:

    Yellow matter custard, green slop pie
    All mixed together with a dead dog’s eye
    Slap it on a butty, ten foot thick
    Then wash it all down with a cup of cold sick


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