News From the Natural World: World Penguin Day

It’s World Penguin Day! What better day for a poem about penguins? I sometimes write acrostics to gather words and ideas for topics, but today I decided that I liked this acrostic well enough to share today.

Penguins promenade over a barren landscape of ice.
Elegant in black and white, they
Never fly. Instead when it’s time to eat, they
Glide gracefully through their frigid
Underwater hunting grounds, feasting on krill.
Indulging until full, they return to rocky
Nests to lay an egg. And
the world begins anew.

Draft © 2020, Catherine Flynn

John Webber, 1777 via The British Museum

Previous “News From the Natural World” poems:

April 24: Save the Birds
April 23: An Earth Day ABC
April 21: Nature’s Harmony
April 20: Crowns of Moss
April 19: Propagation
April 18: At the Pond
April 17: The Red Chair
April 16: Dear Venus
April 15: Listen
April 14: Ode to a Tide Pool
April 11: What Does A Bird’s Egg Know?
April 10: Clusters of Clover
April 9: Song of the Pink Moon
April 8: Jewel of the Jungle
April 5: Phantom of the Forest
April 4: To Build a Nest
April 3: Apple Cake
April 2: Specimen
April 1: Forest Snail

8 thoughts on “News From the Natural World: World Penguin Day

  1. I like ‘Penguins promenade”, really seems true when I see videos of them in their habitat. The walk stilted, like many in a parade! I didn’t know it was World Penguin Day, so wish I could go to our zoo to celebrate with them! Thanks, Catherine! Enjoy your Sunday!


    • Your poem is a great tribute to penguins! I agree with Molly that it flows beautifully. I especially like the lines, “Penguins promenade”, “Elegant in black and white,” and “So the world begins anew.”

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