Little Blue Penguins

Written for:  dVerse Poets Pub – Haibun Monday – 10/12/19:  Indigenous  (posted by Frank Tassone)
“While Columbus day remains the Federal Holiday, many communities in the US celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day this year. Now, I know this is a heavy beginning, and I don’t want to derail a harmonious Haibun Monday with politics, but I needed to set the stage for this week’s theme, indigenous.”

“What does Indigenous mean to you? Is it your culture? Is there a time and place that speaks to you about the Indigenous? Or is there an experience of time and place that marks it as your own indigenous moment?

Use this as your jumping-off point and write a haibun that alludes to it.”


Although I have never met one, the fairy penguin (smallest of penguins)
has its home on the coast of Australia and New Zealand. These blue,
monogamous birds are excellent swimmers, feeding in shallow waters on small fish.

Little penguins live half their time on land and half on sea. They face
attacks by dogs, cats, and foxes on land. Their nests are disturbed
or destroyed by humans, who are also polluting their waters. They are
endangered. I hope to see these lovely little birds some day.

white butterfly
stays for a brief visit
on the arm of my chair

About purplepeninportland

I am a freelance poet, born and bred in Brooklyn, New York. I live with my husband, John, and two charming rescue dogs–Marion Miller and Murphy. We spent eight lovely years in Portland, OR, but are now back in New York. My goal is to create and share poetry with others who write, or simply enjoy reading poetry. I hope to touch a nerve in you, and feel your sparks as well.
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12 Responses to Little Blue Penguins

  1. Oh, I hope you do see them. I did not know about these little penguins. Thanks for educating me. I hope they are protected and looked out for.


  2. Frank Hubeny says:

    Those penguins look cute. They seem quite attached to each other.


  3. rothpoetry says:

    Very nice Haibun. Love the Haiku.


  4. How cute they are… may they survive.


  5. Elegant, evocative, and with such a beautifully complementary haiku: I so enjoyed your take on the prompt!


  6. Misky says:

    Aren’t they sweet!


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