On January 24, Adventure Canada will hold a Polar Bear Swim in Port Credit,
Ontario, to celebrate the 250th anniversary of the birth of Robbie Burns (Jan. 25, 1759). From 1 p.m. onwards, Ken will be there, along with Doug Gibson, Graeme Gibson and Margaret Atwood, dispensing drams to those in need. The anticipation alone has inspired him to poetry . . .
Robbie Burns at Port Credit
Robbie Burns was brave and bold.
He did not shrink from getting cold.
To mark his birthday, Robbie said it,
He’d take a plunge in Old Port Credit.
When mortals, trembling, said, “Let’s scram!”
Our Rabbie called for one more dram.
Then in he dove, the people swear,
And swam off like a polar bear.
No icy swim, though sages dread it,
Could keep Our Rab from Old Port Credit.