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Ode to the Little Penguin

Updated on March 2, 2015

By: Wayne Brown

Life is a difficult process that seems to keep us turned upside down

We all need to climb off the edge, just relax and lay around

That’s a hard thing to do these days no matter the mindset you’re in

So I suggest you go right out on the street and seek “The Little Penguin”


He’s a great little guy packaged in bottles both large and small

He’ll work his wonders; relieve your ills, and calm you down, ya’ll

The taste is consistent and superb especially in light of the meager cost

Finding “The Little Penguin” is like renewing an old friendship lost


I sip it from a large mouth glass so I can take in the flower and bouquet

I drink it on special occasions of all types and at the end of each day

He is a pleasurable little fellow with a flavor that is always true

No matter what the occasion, “The Little Penguin” will always do



Oh Little Penguin, Little Penguin, the juice of your grapes is so fine

Might you be the best of values on all those shelves of wine?

The golden tone of your Chardonnay is so easy on the eye

Oh Little Penguin, Little Penguin, who says you birds can’t fly?


There are others who have discovered the pleasure of your company

For a long time it seemed that no one knew, a secret between you and me

Many times now when I look for you on the shelf of my grocery lair

I find that others who know your pleasure have left the shelf bare


I try to stock up on your pleasures and keep your gold in my glass

I relish the liquidity of your treasures as I take of my repast

What a friend you have quietly been; a uniqueness in my long sojourn

To find just the right place on paper for the words in my head that burn


Oh Little Penguin, Little Penguin, you ask nothing for your steadfastness

What a true friend you turned out to be to the last drop of your lastness

I’ll keep you with me in the hope that our journey will be the best

Other wines will come and go but Little Penguin will survive time’s test


Oh the stately image of my little black and white, short-winged friend

Shining on the label as I find your stock upon the shelves once again

Though the demand for your nectar may at times cause you to depart

I know you will return to the shelf really soon; I know it in my heart!


Little Penguin, Little Penguin, I pray that you will never slip asunder

That your golden nectar will long be by my side with the words I ponder

Little Penguin, Little Penguin, you ask nothing for your delicate treasures

Except that I enjoy your company and partake of your golden pleasures

Here’s to “The Little Penguin!”



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    • Dim Flaxenwick profile image

      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      Ha Ha!!! Thanks for letting me know. Cheers!

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @Dim Flaxenwick...It is an Australian wine and I understand they donate money for each bottle sold in an effort to save the penguins of the world. It is becoming more wide known all the time. It just blows off the shelf at the local Kroger where I shop. Those damn Kroger shoppers have discovered my secret! LOL! WB

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      Dim Flaxenwick 

      7 years ago from Great Britain

      This had me rolling in the aisles as they say. I love penguins , so was drawn to the title. After the initial shock I was not disappointed in your great poem/tribute to your favourite tipple.

      Don´t think I´ve ever seen it over here in Britain.

      Wonderful hub Thank you.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @saddlerider1...The label has changed slightly since that picture,'s all yellow now...the black area is gone. The Little Penguin has been very good to me! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago

      I love penguins, but never tried their nectar. I'm a wine lover and sip different types from the vine. Barefoot is one of them, will have to look for your Penguin friend. Great video by Lyle and friends, she is one Hot penguin, love to be flapping my wings with her. he he....rated up and awesome and funny. Now I'm off to the wine mart to look for our Penguin friend.

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      Wayne Brown 

      7 years ago from Texas

      @HypenBird...Yes, the Little Penguin can page you at any time of the day! WB

      @Becky....Nayyyyyyyyy! WB

      @The Frog Prince...He was most definitely one...had me in a strangle hold right there on the floor. We kissed and made up in the end! LOL! WB

      @writer20...Thank you for those kind words of encouragement! WB

      @breakfastpop...That it is my lady, that it is! WB

      @RealHousewife...I over imbided in the Penguin last night and may need a Bud Light to get my eyes focused! LOL! WB

      @Radioguy...Thanks much, I appreciate it! WB

      @Poohgranma...Just a little nip of the Penguin is like the nectar of the flowers! WB

      @Alastar Packer...Sometimes the Penguin hides on the shelf...look for him near the Yellow Tail as both are products of Australia. WB

      @Cardisa...If you like Yellow Tail, you'll definitely be into the Penguin! WB

      @drbj...You just gave me an idea, I'll just say, poor me a "little percy" please! LOL! WB

      @Harvey Stelman...You've got to slow down, Harv...The Little Penguin is powerful! LOL! WB

      @dahoglund...Keep scanning those shelves DA...he just might show up! WB

      @Truckstop Sally...I guess the subject of my material is not the best role model for the teaching of children...I could turn them into winos! LOL! WB

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      7 years ago from Maine

      Great job! Voted up!

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      Kelly Umphenour 

      7 years ago from St. Louis, MO

      WB - you sure can entertain with a pen - the wine is just a big bonus:)

      Up and everything - I might should have a nip of the Little Penguin to chase away last nights Bud Light:)!!!

    • breakfastpop profile image


      7 years ago

      Wine is nectar of the Gods! Bravo, Bravo, bravo...Up and awesome!

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      Truckstop Sally 

      7 years ago

      This is very funny! I took a group of young writers to a local museum -- where we have one of Andy Warhol's Campbell Soup Cans on exhibit. I tried to teach the kiddos about odes, and they wrote odes to skateboards and staplers and dog treats . . . wish I could share your ode with them. A great example. Ha! I was not familiar with Lovett's Penguin song. Very unusual. I didn't know they were sensitive. Ha! Learn something new every day. And now a toast with the Penguin!

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      Don A. Hoglund 

      7 years ago from Wisconsin Rapids

      The poem works. I never heard of the Penguin though.

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      Harvey Stelman 

      7 years ago from Illinois

      Wayne, I... I... I l... l... l... like the lit... little guy, hick. Here... here's to... all three of you! H

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      drbj and sherry 

      7 years ago from south Florida

      At first, Wayne, I thought you were using Percy's name in vain from my 'Interview with Penguin.' Then I realized you were referring to a favorite wine. That Percy - he surely knows how to market himself. :)

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      Carolee Samuda 

      7 years ago from Jamaica

      I don't know The Little Penguin, there's one called the Yellow Tail, that I kinda like.

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      Alastar Packer 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Nice one Wayne. The Pequin, ain't sure comes this way.Ever tried the Muscadine.

    • Poohgranma profile image


      7 years ago from On the edge

      I don't imbibe, my self, but if I did, I do believe I'd have to try some of this since you've made it sound so friendly. Great poem!

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      Joyce Haragsim 

      7 years ago from Southern Nevada

      This is a very warm lovable poem. Great writing

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Froggie, for a moment I found myself wanting to click LIKE in response to your comment. lol

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      The Frog Prince 

      7 years ago from Arlington, TX

      Now I have a question Wayne? Was The Little Penguin what you were sippin' when you almost drowned?

      I'm just askin... LMAO

      The Frog

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      7 years ago

      An ode to wine. Do we need to worry about you?

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      Brenda Barnes 

      7 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

      Ah, the fragrant and always available Penguin. He is well loved. Such a fun poem Wayne. Thanks for a great read but I am kind of nervous as I need a drink here at 11:30 AM!


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