Percy the Penguin

lived at the South Pole.

With many good friends

he would laugh and cajole.

They would slip and slide

and play in the snow,

laughing and shouting

and running to and fro.


Percy was a happy lad

with a great big caring heart

but there was a little thing

that sadly set him apart.

Unlike his dear little friends,

who loved the winds from above,

Percy was always shivering cold

and wore a hat, scarf and gloves.


But nobody laughed at

or made fun of their friend

for they loved him and would

protect him to the end.

They would cuddle around him

on cold, windy days

to help keep him warm

in their cute little ways.


One day, when the sun

had melted some ice

and the water was blue

like the heavenly skies,

they said, “Come on Percy,

lets swim in the sea.”

“I’d loved to” he said,

“But it’s too cold for me.”


So his friends went away

leaving Percy alone

with no-one to talk to;

if only he’d known.

Then shouting and singing

and laughing with glee,

his friends had returned

with a gift, he could see.


“This is for you,

we made it last night,

out of feathers and twine

all knotted and tight”.

He opened it up and

laughed like a goat,

his friends had made him

a warm feather coat.


They all busied round

to help him put it on

and from Percy’s little face

such a smile now shone.

He was lovely and warm

and ready for fun,

“Come on everybody”

and away he did run.


Well, off they all went

and gleefully dived in

making a noisy

but merry old din.

They laughed and swam

and played till the end.

Oh, how Percy loved

his dear little friends.



Written by Darren Scanlon, 16th April 2014.

This revised version written 10th April 2015.

©2015 Darren Scanlon. All rights reserved.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Happy Feet revisited!

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