Pass me our treasure, dearest one,
he said, manoeuvring the egg
to rest upon his feet
to be covered with thick blubber,
blanketed with white feathers.
What a precious and fine egg it is,
my sweet – the House of Fabergé
would be sending a search party,
if they only knew
we were charged with such a jewel.
Now cherished one,
to the deep waters of the ocean
to feed as in your wildest dreams.
Our sequestered chick is safe.
I will turn my back
to agonising winds that threaten to excise me
from this icy landscape
cruellest terrain, a place of waiting
for love to return.
I will protect our future.
feed your body and spirit
as you will need the strength
and soon we will raise our chick
together, in this frozen world.
Note: The male penguin incubates the egg for months while the female has an extended feeding session in the ocean. She comes back when the chick has hatched and looks after the chick while the very hungry male (who hasn’t eaten for months) goes off to feed. When he gets back, they both raise the chick, keeping it warm and feeding regurgitated seafood. Sounds very progressive to me!
Note: image from Microsoft Office (Images and More)