Nothing stops your heart. Not even
deep dives into freezing regions of despair
that would kill the rest of us-
you find ways to survive,
coming back to your family, time and again.
Those who call you flightless,
watching you from shore,
have never seen you swim rescue-
never witnessed your speed and grace beneath the waves.
Those who thought they sized you up-
your quiet waddle over icy tundra-
have long since given up at trying to take you down.
The whisper of your daughters and grandchildren
might have warned them:
“She has the strongest heart in the whole world.”
Never underestimate the Empress.
-Kathi, The Emperor Penguin
Photo via National Geographic