2012 Rocky Neck Plunge Video shot by Peter Van Ness ~ Text of George Sibley’s Poem below:


Richard Gaines once told us that Peter and I are interchangeable,  so here is my post.

Vickie Van Ness, Ericka Hyam (raffle winner) & Mayor Kirk take the plunge with over a hundred others at noon on January 1, 2012 at Rocky Neck, Gloucester, MA

In keeping with tradition, George Sibley began the festivities with a poem, but it was hard to hear.  George was nice enough to give us a copy, so we could transcribe it here for those who missed it.  It’s a good one.

Another year has passed since we last
gathered on this shore;
Cathy has again directed me to discharge
this rhyming chore.

Even though of harbor water we’re about to
get a tankful,
The fact  we’re here with our fellows is itself
cause to be thankful.

To have our planet Earth, and upon it our
homes and lives;
Now we’re about to feel a wet chill which
both extinguishes and revives.

So as in the waters of this cove our last
year’s selves are smothered,
We have another year before us in which to
try to help others.

About Vickie & Peter

Vickie grew up in Iowa. Lived in Silicon Valley & NYC. Peter has lived all over (NJ, NY, CH, IN, CA, MA, etc.) We chose to live and raise our family in Gloucester. Owners of gimmesound.com & Van Ness Group. Producers of gimmeLIVE concerts.
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One Response to 2012 Rocky Neck Plunge Video shot by Peter Van Ness ~ Text of George Sibley’s Poem below:

  1. Great video Peter! Thanks for posting Joey. LOVED these lines from George’s poem:

    ‘To have our planet earth and upon it our homes and lives….

    We have another year before us in which to try to help others’

    PEACE!

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