Sunday 2 September 2018

The 99th Liffey Swim

To the Swimmer who nearly won the 99th Liffey Swim

If the tide’s not with you
You can’t win
And even though
You were in fine fettle
And your handicap was good
And the punters tipped you
As Odds-on-Favourite
And A -Sure-Thing
And even though you led
The shoal under Capel St. Bridge
Through The Millenium
To The Ha’penny Bridge
The tide was against you
And the sharks were nibbling
At your fins
And even though the crowd
Loves a front runner
A veteran Fish
That hasn’t missed a Liffey Swim
In over forty years
The young sharks were hungry
And unsentimental
And the tide was with them.

Copyright with Cathy Leonard 2018

1 comment:

  1. Tell him there's not many of those sharks that will be swimming in forty years from now!