Things Going Swimmingly — and NOT

Morning spent inside a barrel
With commands of, ’Do not move!’
Clad in rather scant apparel
The occasion to improve,
Has but little to commend it
I can bring into my mind,
And I rather would forefend it
Even though I need to find
What may lurk in my internals
Seeking mischief there to do,
And to clobber such infernals
‘Fore they start to start a zoo!

That was yesterday, but now bring
News delivered, not too bright;
Word ‘malignant’: that allowing
Somewhat of a state of fright!
In one kidney and in backbone
Lurk indeed what didn’t ought;
Things, before they can attack one,
Must with radio be caught;
So, for ten days, I’ll have streaming
Lots of lovely little rays —
I’ll set Geiger Counters screaming
While I’m going through this phase! 

When not lying in cramped machines or listening to gloomy news, I was able to enjoy watching granddaughter R in two galas. Yesterday she swam in the Top Eight Gala at school; while her results were not as good as in past years of glory, at least they were creditable. She was, one must recall, getting over a tear in an ankle ligament.

This afternoon she was in an Invitational Gala at Durban Girls’ College against them, St Mary’s, and Maris Stella. All races were relays, and she swam in the 50m Butterfly, Backstroke, Breaststroke, Freestyle, Medley (breaststroke), and Freestyle Ladder Relay in her age group, and went well.

R in green cap 2nd lane away.



In close pursuit.

Race in progress at Durban Girls’ College.

I was even able to backwash the pool when I got home.

© February 2019 Colonialist

About colonialist

Active septic geranium who plays with words writing fantasy novels and professionally editing, with notes writing classical music, and with riding a mountain bike, horses and dinghies. Recently Indie Publishing has been added to this list.
This entry was posted in Africa, Grandchildren, Personal Journal, Really Awful Rhyme, Swimming and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink.

29 Responses to Things Going Swimmingly — and NOT

  1. I can sympathize Lesley, I’m assuming of course that you’ve got a slight cancer problem; I’ve been through something similar you might enjoy reading about my discomfort too at ( I was a young bloke like you back then just 70)


  2. joberry4 says:

    May the treatment go easy and well, Col x


  3. Debra says:

    I don’t think we ever see things like this coming at us! I am sure you’ll be in good care, and hope that the treatments go well and you can move on from this as soon as possible!


    • colonialist says:

      Thanks; yes, we see it happening all round us, but think we are immune.
      So far things have moved relatively quickly, and with luck will continue to do so. A complicating factor are these ‘load shedding’ cycles, during which the machines cannot operate because no backup generator is strong enough.


  4. Widdershins says:

    Well bugger! That sucks … may the radiation treatment work and you be free of that killer forever more.


  5. Sue W says:

    Well that was unexpected! I certainly didn’t think the sciatica would lead to this!
    Your poem, despite it’s announcement, made me smile. I admire your attitude, it’s a good one to possess.
    I wish you all the best in your treatment and recovery Les. Best wishes to your family, they will be feeling more than a little concerned right now.


    • colonialist says:

      The sciatic nerve was objecting with good reason, as it transpires. I owe it a debt of gratitude for alerting me regarding the intruders. The latter should be killed rather than arrested, don’t you agree?
      Thanks; I do hate being a worry to the family.

      Liked by 1 person

      • Sue W says:

        I do agree, absolutely kill it off now.
        You are the rock to your family the one who normally holds it all together. That has shone through in the couple of years I’ve known you.
        Just for a little while, let them support you, they need it.

        Liked by 1 person

  6. Arkenaten says:

    If you don’t mind,
    I´ll keep you in mind,
    With thoughts that are good,
    For whatever lies under the ”hood”,
    With all parts upgraded,
    The faulty ones upbraided,
    And in a jiffy or two,
    You’ll be good as new

    All the best Mister N.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. Jou optimistiese ingesteldheid sal jou en die familie ook veilig deur hierdie moeilike tyd dra. R was seker halfpad waterdiertjie na al daardie swemmery 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

  8. Young R must make you really proud. 👏🏻 Wishing you well through this trying time. Chin up, Col.


  9. de Wets Wild says:

    Genuinely, we’re wishing you every strength through your treatment and on the road to full recovery!


  10. disperser says:

    Well, I don’t like that poem one bit.

    One hopes all them rays will do their job splendidly.

    Meanwhile, nice to enjoy the rest of life.


You have the right to remain silent - but please don't!

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s