Penguin Week

I declare this week to be Penguin Week (why not!), so here goes Monday:

Power to the Penguin

doing the penguin huddle,

ever shifting positions,
from the outside
to the inside,
slow mixing bowl,
the emperor penguins,
snow dusted black backs
hunched, a wall
against the icy Antarctic wind,
life salvaging
warmth of body temperature,
hundreds of small steps,
collective movement,
one and all gets their cursory turn
on the icy edge
of the group,
then quickly
back into the
warmth of the huddle,
before any individual dies
of exposure,

in a penguin world

the benefits of collective action.


Here is a link some amazing footage (time-lapsed) of the emperor penguins doing the huddle.

Note: image from acobox