Poem: paired penguins – 06/12/21

Lauren M. Hancock Poetry and Prose

everybody is coupled up
like happy pairs of penguins
rolling polling along
clutching small cups of pink or orange
frozen fizz
not worried about calories
but emphasis on the joy
of being alive
together in the company of one another
while I watch enviously
for I do not have that other to smile with,
hug, or hold.

my penguin is still searching for his
giant pebble to capture and present
to this female
perhaps the time is not
ready for the world to be sharing
itself like that with me
I can ache and I can moan about
not having a partner a precious other
or I could realise that this is my current picture
and I don’t need to be saved by anyone
nor superhero
absolutely no one

I can carry on with my intent
my motives my dreams
achieving quietly slowly
bay-leaf smiles with curiosity

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