QuinnLi Moloney

To Today

You are the tallest and heaviest of your kind
A short tail wiggles from behind.
With a neck of orange and yellow
Those colors emperor, lookin’ quite mellow.

The cold is where you are bound
Slipping and sliding all around.
In the winter there is no time
To see sleek black feathers shine.

A long white coated belly
But from what I can tell, smelly.
Diving under for fish and krill
To keep from starving you need skill.

All warm and huddled in the wild
The fathers sacrifice for their child.
The mothers return after nine weeks
And utter joyous sounds from their beaks.

You, little one, start the cycle again
A legacy and generation to maintain.
But for now go play.
Enjoy your life. Enjoy today.


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