Night of the Penguin

by Oonah V. Joslin

Against Antarctic cold
A formal dance
An egg
A firm foothold
A fold of feathers
Head down
In endless night
Careful toes
Nurture fragile life
A long white
Wait for her
Hardy Emperors
Huddle hungry on groaning ice.

Oonah V Joslin

Oonah V. Joslin mostly writes poetry and very short stories. She is three times winner of Micro Horror's Hallowe'en Competition, an honoree in the Binnacle Shorts 2009 and has had stories and poems included in various anthologies. Oonah has judged both poetry and horror contests on-line at Micro Horror and The Shine Journal. Her novella A Genie in a Jam was awarded Best Of Category at Bewildering Stories. She is Managing Editor of on-line poetry magazine Every Day Poets.

To see more of Oonah's work go to The Vaults at Parallel Oonahverse and click on the links, or google. Oonah can be contacted on Facebook.

She says: "This poem was inspired by a wildlife programme on TV."

Oonah's previous Poem of the Month was a haiku.

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Text © 2012, Oonah V. Joslin: used with permission.
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