If I Were a Penguin…

If I were a penguin–

my life, a carpet rolled

out for me to follow

from beginning to end–

I would want to rebel.


What is the use of us,

I’d ask, Why are we here?

No free will for penguins?

I’d want to rebel if

fate and instinct were one

and the same. But if I

really were a penguin,

then I could never know.

About Nan Mykel

At 79, I was just about to stop keeping a journal, but that felt like accepting that growth was finished. I don't want to be finished, yet! I'm 80 now, and struggling to communicate with you, if you'll come and set awhile. P.S. My how time flies! I'm 82 now.
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2 Responses to If I Were a Penguin…

  1. Frank Hubeny says:

    I think penguins have free will. There is that documentary, “The March of the Penguins”. It has been a while since I saw that.


    • Nan Mykel says:

      I did too, and I think my words reflect what I interpreted as a very rigid pre-set lifespan. Birth, march to the sea for one parent, change places and another march to the sea for the other. Interesting how a movie can be seen from two entirely different viewpoints, isn’t it? Thanks for your comment.


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