Welcome, Guest!     Log In  Sign up!

Support row2k!
Advertiser Index

Winter Rowing...A Cautionary Tale
by Steve Gurney
posted on December 14, 2010

One winter’s morn the cry went out,
“This morning we will row!”
Four grizzled scullers then appeared
All pogied for the snow.

A team of doctors was on call.
Of course, four lawyers too.
Four wives prepared for widowhood.
Would they return? Who knew?

Four next of kin blinked tearful eyes,
Four wills were charged anew.
Four dogs gave forth a mournful howl;
What none would say, they knew.

They bravely launched. Their faces froze,
Their lives rushed grimly past.
One froze his nose, the next his toes,
A third cried out, “Avast!”

Down came the snow, the tempest howled,
It was the Row from Hell.
They made it to their turning stake.
How did they? None can tell.

And then the stroke came boldly forth,
A man of many years.
“I’ll save your souls!” he loudly quoth,
Then mocked them for their fears.

He dared the tempest more to roar.
He laughed. He’d come prepared.
He then brought forth a silver flask,
This with the others shared.

The moral of this frigid tale
Of those, whom winter dared,
Who did survive, returned alive:
Is always be prepared.

More row2k Features
Ron Chen: Rowing ref, USRowing VP, and, uh, Emmy winner
(April 14, 2014)

The Training Center: Episode 6 - Coxswain Skydiving
(April 9, 2014)

row2k Interview - Smith's Theo Cielos
(April 2, 2014)

The Training Center: Episode 6 - 6k Test
(April 1, 2014)

Crew of the Week - 2014
(March 31, 2014)

Keeping Rowing Simple
(March 26, 2014)

More Rowing News
Bristol's universities set for boat race showdown
(April 23, 2014)

Lake Cachuma Sits at Below 40 Percent Capacity, Affects Santa Barbara County Communities
(April 23, 2014)

Olympic rowing star James Cracknell speaks about 'humbling' battle for votes
(April 23, 2014)

Alabama: Rowing team travels to last race
(April 23, 2014)

Rowing club hoping to overcome late beginning
(April 23, 2014)

Local rowers to sign with D-I colleges
(April 23, 2014)

Write row2k | row2k Home | Copyright © 1997-2014 row2k media. All Rights Reserved. | Privacy Policy