Home in the Empire of Ice

Written by: Andrea Dietrich

They poke small heads out from their moms’ underbellies. Feeling chilled, they retreat to their parents’ safe spot. Receiving nourishment, the chicks grow and adapt. One day, left alone, beckoned by the sea, they take the plunge. and for five years, they play, chasing waters’ flow! Grown and full, they emerge on land, swollen stomachs sliding on ice. Facing storms, determined. . . they waddle trekking for miles home. Based on information from the documentary "March of the Penguins" and for David Williams' Contest:True Diminishing Hexaverse.