We could take a cue
from our feathered friends
when it comes to resilience.
Male emperor penguins balance the egg
of their future offspring on their feet
throughout the cold, dark Antarctic winter,
huddled together for warmth, while
their mates head back to the open sea to feed.
With split-second precision, the females
return in early spring with food
for their newly-hatched chick and
to relieve their mates of parental duty
before either succumbs to starvation.
And we draw straws to see who goes
to the refrigerator to get a snack.