ISO DAZE by Dr Sues
First came shock, then came horror
No coffees, no chats, no meeting tomorro?
Our swimming family was to be temporarily disbanded
COVID-19 left us numb and stranded.
But, our strength and commitment to our swims and our mates
Has seen us evolve and adapt to our fates.
We’ve managed to pair up into twos or, ahem, threes
And continue our swimming in these beautiful seas.
Yes, we’ve managed to keep our spirits strong,
Swimming in twos instead of a throng.
Big Gary, Lloyd and new dad Ed
Well, they can’t wait to jump out of bed.
They race to the beach, and swim so fast
The rest of us can’t ever get past.
Helen and Neil have fled to the coast
Escaping from Canberra – well, the politicians most.
Isabel joins them for a sneaky three
And if anyone tells, she simply dives under the sea!
Young Johnny Louth, with Raymond in tow
Well, they are taking their mornings slow.
They wander down about eight or so
Then swim to the tree, or, just to and fro.
Greg and Kate, with Pete and Jan
Well, they just do whatever they can.
Around to Collers, or up to the reef
Anything really, to combat the grief.
Wendy, dear Wendy, who we’ve not seen
She’s staying in Conjola, or so it would seem.
Doing laps of the Lake with Craig by her side
A husband and wife team, our northernmost pride.
Then there’s Ken and his motley crew
Don, Grant and John, to name a few.
Also the girls – Mandy, Jacqui and Lou.
They’re into the water just after sunrise
Then home quick smart, ‘cause they’re ever so wise!
Whatever happened to Sue and Chris?
Now there’s a couple you’re sure to miss!
Narrawallee’s become their favourite haunt
For a swim and a walk and a bit of a jaunt.
Garry and Graeme – a formidable duo
Power to the reef like there’s no tomorrow.
Their watches are set, no time to linger
They’re afraid of Jan, who’ll waggle her finger!
Tim and Big John hit the water together
Suited up and ready in all kinds of weather.
After their swim they ride their beaut bikes
Around to get coffee and plan some more hikes.
Lena, young Lena, so far from home
Stuck in Australia, and unable to roam.
She rides and she swims and she paddles so far
A legend she is, a true super star!
Kellie, Darryl, and Ian out the back on their boards
Catching some waves, and avoiding the hordes.
While Sean’s out racing around on his bikes
Or pounding through the surf, as much as he likes.
And what of Ross, I hear you say?
Well, he swims at North Molly, come what may.
Happily camped up with Jo in Milton
Enjoying their fire and wine and stilton.
Ben and his family, moved Canberra way
Counting the cost – do we go or do we stay?
Home schooling, by the beach or by Lake Burley?
Wise choice Ben, don’t want the boys surly!
Then Losal, poor Losal, homeless after the fires
now getting around on some really flash tyres.
Liz, Kath and Kaye, and the angelic Heather
One day soon we’ll all be together.
We’re all doing something to keep ourselves fit
And from going stir crazy, or totally bats**t!
And as for our walkers, lest we forget
Jacqui and Jo and dear Suzette!
They’re sorely missed at Molly Beach
This COVID-19 has such a reach…
To our out of town friends, well we miss you guys
Cause you’re staying at home, and that’s probably wise.
Leonie and Ian, and Steve from The Shire,
Mike, Dave and Elise, plus Pete from up higher,
When this is all over, and this pandemic has passed
Come back to the coast and we’ll all have a blast!
Coronavirus, o, Coronavirus
You’ve surely been sent to try us.
But I think you’ll find you won’t pulverise us!
We’re Ocean Swimmers, caring and kind
Looking out for each other, I think you’ll find.
This too shall pass and we’ll be together one day
Sharing hugs and laughter and coffee – yay!
So that’s it folks, there’s just one thing left to say…
I love you all from the bottom of my heart
You’re my precious swim family, ‘cause that’s what thou art!!
In memory of the way it use to be when football matches were watched by crowds of fans. Here is a live ‘You Tube’ clip of a past Football Grand Final with Judith Durham and the Seekers singing ‘I Am Australian’ , Georgy Girl, Waltzing Matilda and the Australian National Anthem!
Just click on the link: Judith Durham and the Seekers
Ken B., Mollymook Beach Waterfront: Editor for Mollymook News and Destination Mollymook Milton Ulladulla