Alabaster Tribute

Many, many years ago
I climbed the stairs at work
To seek an engineer unknown
To ask him for a birth.

So then upon the quay one day
There stood a motley lot
But Tony moulded us like dough
To form a winning yacht.

So then for years we forged a soul
To do battle on the seas
And regularly at seasons close
A trophy we would seize.

Summers came and summers went
As weekends I did crave
To share a joke and a beer
With the new friends I had made.

And then there were the cruises
Organised to a tee
Morning snack at ten o’ six
Lunch at twelve fifteen.

But amongst the merriment
Tony always got us home
There always was a steady hand
As one trip clearly showed.

Tucked in behind an island
The anchor should have been a tree
We found ourselves quite worst for wear
At the mercy of the sea.

But Tony took the tiller
Local knowledge it did came
He found shelter in a tiny cove
That barely had a name.

Then after many races
Commanding from the stern
Tony turned to me a said
“Time you had a turn.”

So each week I’d approach the line
With a crew as loyal as could be
Proud and honoured that Jude and Tone
Would trust their pride and joy in me.

And then as fate would have it
A change was in the air
Armin left the foredeck
I wondered how we’d fair.

Then off to the land of the kiwi bird
As dead as they may be
Enough to give the Dennes the taste
That there’s much, much more to see.

So where ever you may travel
How ever far you roam
You always will be in the thoughts
Of the friends you’ve left at home.

So thank you Jude and Tony
For sharing your yacht and home
Thanks for all the memories
And Tony, have a great five-oh.

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