Women with Strange Hearts

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.
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Those who call you flightless,
watching you from shore,
have never seen you swim rescue-
never witnessed your speed and grace beneath the waves.
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Those who thought they sized you up-
your quiet waddle over icy tundra-
have long since given up at trying to take you down.
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The whisper of your daughters and grandchildren
might have warned them:
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“She has the strongest heart in the whole world.”
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Never underestimate the Empress.
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-Kathi, The Emperor Penguin

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Photo via National Geographic


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