An Ode to walking  -  written by Dave, one of the club members. 

ILONA’S A HARD ACT TO FOLLOW IT HAS TO BE SAID

BUT, WRITE US AN ODE DAVE, SAID THAT VOICE IN MY HEAD

NOT PROMPTED BY SELF, BUT BY NUMEROUS FRIENDS

I’LL GIVE IT A GO THEN, BUT PLEASE DONT MAKE IT A TREND

 

AN ODE, WHATS AN ODE, IS THE QUESTION I ASK

SO TO WIKEPEDIA I TURN, TO HELP WITH THIS TASK

 ITS A POEM EXPRESSING ADMIRATION, IN A THING OR SOMEONE.

SO I’LL STICK TO THE TASK THEN AND AVOID THE ODD PUN.

 

IT GOES WITHOUT SAYING THAT THE THINGS WE ADMIRE.

ARE THE FRIENDSHIPS, NATURE’S BEAUTY, AND OUR ARDENT DESIRE

TO SEEK HEALTH, FUN AND HAPPINESS, THROUGH WALKING THE WALK

THROUGH GREEN FORESTS AND FIELDS THAT AWAKEN OUR THOUGHTS

TO THE JOY AND THE PLEASURE OF FRIENDSHIPS THAT LAST

AND ASHDOWN RAMBLERS I KNOW WILL KEEP THAT RULE FAST

 

MANY AMONG US HAVE BEEN FRIENDS FOR LONG YEARS

LOOKING OUT FOR EACH OTHER AND FACING OUR FEARS

A  FALL , A SLIP, ON MUDDY SLOPES OR STEEP STILE

WHOSE FIRST ON THE SCENE TO ATTEND FOR A WHILE

IT’S ASHDOWN’S NURSE, JOYCEE, WITH FIRST AID BOX, I’LL TELL

THAT SHE’LL COME TO THE RESCUE AND MAKE SURE THAT YOU'RE WELL

TO CONTINUE THE WALK AND GET BACK WITH THE REST

ONLY ONE THING TO SAY THEN, “SHE’S ONE OF THE BEST”


SO TOGETHER WE SPEND TWO DAYS OF THE WEEK

IN WALKING AND TALKING IN NATURE’S RETREAT

THOUGH MUDDY FIELDS, ON STEEEP SLOPES AND IN WOODS WITHOUT END

WE ALL KNOW ON WHOM WE’VE COME TO DEPEND

OUR LEADERS, BACK-MARKERS, THEY ALL HAVE A TASK

TO GET THE GROUP HOME TO THAT TEA BAG “AT LAST”

 

YES, ITS THANKS TO OUR LEADERS, WHO DON'T MAKE IT A CHORE

AND SOMETIMES TAKE US TO PLACES WHERE WE’VE NOT BEEN BEFORE

THANKS TO GORDON, EDDIE, GRACE AND TREVOR, AND OUR GOOD FRIEND DOT

JUST A FEW, WHO KNOW, JUST HOW TO GET TO THE SPOT

THE SPOT, WHERE THE PUBS SUPPOSED TO BE

WHERE SOME LIKE A BEER, BUT FOR OTHERS ITS TEA

 

SO , ANOTHER YEAR HAS PASSED AND A LITTLE OLDER ARE WE

BUT ONLY IN BODY, OUR MINDS ARE STILL FREE

TO REFLECT ON THE YEAR AND THE TIMES THAT WE’VE HAD

SPECIAL DAYS , WHEN SUNSHINE, HAS DISPELLED ALL THAT’S SAD

 

WITH WINTER UPON US WE TROD FIELDS IN PENHURST

AND TO HIGH HURSTWOOD AND GROOMBRIDGE WE FACED UP TO THE TASK

 IN GROOMBRIDGE THE ROCKS, PROMISED THAT LITTLE BIT MORE 

AS BRAVE STUART, UNDAUNTED, CLIMBED UP FROM THE FLOOR

TO THE TOP, TO THE SUMMIT, WITH DETERMINATION AND GRIT

NO SLIPPING OR SLIDING, BOY HE’S GOT TO BE FIT.

 

FEBRUARY SAW HARTFIELD, IN FIELDS, MUD GALORE

NOT DAUNTED, WE TRUDGED ON, TO BOLEBROKE’S  DOOR

AND LETS NOT FORGET THAT DAY’ COS FRANCOISE AND CHRIS

FELL IN LOVE, WITH THE DONKEYS, BUT STOPPED SHORT OF A KISS.

AT ROWFANT WE CAUGHT OUR VERY FIRST SIGHT

OF SNOWDROPS, ABUNDANT, ALL CLOTHED IN THEIR WHITE

AS SPRING’S FIRST CONTENDER THEY BRING THE PROMISE OF HOPE

THAT WINTERS NEARLY OVER, SO NO TIME NOW TO MOPE.

 

GET READY FOR SPRINGTIME, IT’S JUST A SHORT MONTH AWAY

LIGHTER DAYS ARE NOW COMING AND THE SUN WILL HAVE SWAY

BALCOME, HORSTED KEYNES,  ARE NEXT IN THE PLAN.

A DRINK AT THE CROWN, OR BY CHOICE “THE GREEN MAN”

THERE ARE SOME HERE AMONG US THAT LOVE A GOOD PINT

BEAT EDDIE AND TREVOR TO THE BAR, BE FAST, AND YOU MIGHT

 

WITH BLUEBELLS IN BLOOM WHERE DO WE TREK NOW

TO COWFOLD, STAFFHURST WOOD, BLACKBOYS, AND “WOW”

TO DELIGHT IN THE SIGHT AND THE SMELL IN THE AIR

IN NATURE’ STORE CUPBOARD THERE’S NOWT TO COMPARE

AS BEAUTY ABOUNDS, OUR SPIRITS ARE FREED

GREAT DAYS ARE AHEAD, WHEN EACH WALK FILLS A NEED


THEN WITH SPRING NEARLY OVER AND WITH SUMMER IN STORE

IT’S WARM DAYS, SHORTER NIGHTS, LONGER WALKS, AND MUCH MORE

SO BACK ONTO THE DOWNS, WITH ME AND CHRIS AT THE HELM

BEACHY HEAD, BIRLING GAP, YES, THIS IS OUR REALM

NOT THE MOST EXPERIENCED OF LEADERS, BUT WE DO TRY OUR BEST

AND THERE’S ALWAYS TREVOR” IF WE CANT FIND THE REST.

 

BUT FOR SOME IT’S NO TRIAL, SINCE FOR EDDIE WE SEE

HE’S QUITE HAPPY TO LEAD AND DISCOVER ANGLESEY

HIS GROUP DID SET OFF WITH NEW CHALLENGES IN MIND

THE MENAI STRAITS, PUFFIN ISLAND, AND RED WHARF BAY, YET TO FIND

BUT LONG DAYS WITH HARD WALKING LEFT SOME WITH A WISH

TO TRY SOMETHING NEW, SO WHY NOT TRY THIS.

YES, A HOT TUB THEY SPIED, IN THE HOUSE WHERE THEY STAYED

WHO’SE TO BE BOLD THEN, AND NOT BE AFRAID

ITS KIM AND SUE TO THE FORE, AND FIRST IN FOR A DIP

THEIR LOVING THIS NOW, AND THEY THINK ITS QUITE “HIP”

 

NOW FOR OTHERS, NEW ADVENTURES, YET BECKONED AFAR

THUS “TEAM MOLLIE” WAS FORMED, NOT GOLF, BUT ON PAR

WITH ALL THAT WE’VE DONE IN OUR COUNTRYSIDE

 SO TO DIVONNE WE DID TRAVEL, FOR WALKS YET UNTRIED

THE JURA, THE ALPS, ROLLING MEADOWS AND HILLS

VINEYARDS, CLEAR WATERS AND THE NOISY “COW BELLS”

YES FOLLOW PAL CHRIS AND PUT A BELL ON YOUR SACK.

BUT WHY OH WHY, DID HE BRING THE THING BACK!!!!


WITH ALAIN AS OUR GUIDE, THERE WAS NOTHING TO FEAR

AND WITH NIGHTS ON THE GIN WE WERE FULL OF GOOD CHEER

BUT FOR OTHERS ITS WINE, IN AMOUNTS YET UNTOLD

SHALL I GO ON AND LET THIS STORY UNFOLD

PERHAPS NOT.  BUT TO HUTTOPIA, ONE MESSAGE, SAY IT LOUD, SAY IT CLEAR

AU REVOIR MES AMIS, WE’LL SEE YOU NEXT YEAR.

 

 THIS YEAR HAS SEEN, OUR NUMBERS INCREASE

AS NEW FOLK JOIN US, AND COME TO THE CREASE

THERE’S CHRIS LANE AND SHEILA, AND OUR NEW PAL JOHN B

ALL BRINGING SOMETHING NEW AND WITH SKILLS YET TO SEE

SO WELCOME TO ASHDOWN, NEW FRIENDS ONE AND ALL

ENJOY YOUR WALKING AND MAKE FRIENDSHIP YOUR CALL

 

THIS CHRISTMAS, OUR THANKS, GO TO TREVOR AND MOLLIE

WHO CHOSE US THE CROWN AND THIS TIME TO BE JOLLY

ENJOYING THE FOOD WITH FRIENDS WE KNOW WELL

SO, LIFT A GLASS, SAY CHEERS, TIME AND TIDE WILL BUT TELL

WHAT FRIENDSHIPS ABOUT AND WHAT FUN LIES IN STORE

IN “WALKING THE WALK”, ALL TOGETHER ONCE MORE.

 

 



 

 








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