Saving Tipsy Sue


The owner in waders jumped in beside Tipsy Sue –
a cabin cruiser moored near Abingdon.

Muddy waters poured into her stern. The owner and friends
were too late to stop her filling up but she was not lost.

They wound ropes round trees to hold her where she lay –
to stop her sinking deeper or drifting from the bank.

They returned to adjust ropes until the water dropped.
A Landrover carefully tugged her up and out.

As the sun rose higher during April and May
leaves greened the willows, and Sue was scrubbed white.

A July breeze caressed Tipsy Sue, the cabin cruiser,
as she took her first voyage through Abingdon Lock.

(P.S This account is as much fact as fiction and the name of the boat was changed.)

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