It is in out of the ordinary circumstances

in the face of extreme adversities

that prowess is truly tested,

words against deeds matched,

and claims of valour

considered to the fullest, for

in calm waters sailing is plain easy;

in the roughest seas, stomachs queasy

and churning, heads spinning,

to survive vaultingly high waves

doughtiness of the highest order

is called upon, so that the unpredictable,

the unprecedented predicament

is in good time brought under control.

12 August 2020