Kerrin P. Sharpe

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penguins are the monks of ice

penguins are the monks of ice
their bodies tabernacles
of the body and blood of chicks
other lives are closed to them

under the net of moons
they keep chanting words for home
their stillness is movement
their feathers the cloth of saints

if a penguin stops thinking
about his egg it rolls away
and you can hear the ice

in the amniotic fluid
the air sac the yolk
fiercely converting the chick
to a tiny cup of bone

and all this time the wind
the sound of a playground
watched by hawks

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