14 minutes ago
I rely on my feet to carry me.
First, 70 miles across ice to the nesting grounds.
I lay my egg and pass it to my mate,
careful not to let it touch the ice and freeze.
Then I trudge the long miles back, nearly starving.
At last, I reach the sea and gorge myself
on fish, krill and squid before I walk
all the way back, to meet and feed my baby,
newly hatched and hungry. I hold her on my feet,
shielded by my feathers from the cold,
and we wait for my mate to leave and come back,
before it is my turn to travel to the sea again.
This is how we make a home in this freezing, dry place
with nothing but feet, fat and feathers.
Next year, we’ll gather here,
find new mates and start again.
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