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POEM: A Tribute to the Penguin Men Among Us

Milwaukee poet Stephen Anderson reads "A Tribute to the Penguin Men Among Us":

who huddle around watching their young ones

take to the ice like the wobbly creatures they are

at outdoor school rinks now lent to these

bundled-up fathers who shift from side to side

and huddle together to stay warm like

looming Emperor Penguins,

while dutifully standing vigil for their

offspring who careen wildly but then

glide like pros for up-to-seconds-at-a-time before

spiraling into impromptu, shaky pirouettes

that cause the men to gasp from the sidelines,

then fake-skate with their shoes

over to the crash site where they whisper

their concern and, upon further triage,

encourage their fallen angels to right their little

skates on the ice, to again take on the

wintry reality of the late afternoon,

with their chins held high to the glory of

the Penguin-Men in attendance.

Stephen Anderson is an award-winning Milwaukee poet whose work has appeared in numerous print and online journals.  He’s author of several books, including the poetry collection, Portals and Piers.