Cup day inspires word-play

Local poet was moved to verse by the arrival of the Stanley Cup.

Willie Mitchell and the Stanley Cup

 

The atmosphere was electrically charged,

The crowd was more than pumped up.

When Willie Mitchell, of the Los Angeles Kings,

Brought home the Stanley Cup.

 

The Chilton arena was packed to the rafters

With over 4,000 adoring fans of every age.

All eyes were cast upon local hero, Willie,

As he and the Cup mounted center stage.

 

Our mayor honoured those who took part long ago,

That had the vision to build our local ice rink.

Full of emotion, Dale Chilton declared,

“Wow, the Stanley Cup here, who would ever think?”

 

Willie accepted the Key to Port McNeill,

Amidst each whistle, cheer and hurray.

As next, Mayor Gerry Furney declared:

August 12th, 2012, Willie Mitchell Day!

 

Willie lovingly honoured his family and friends;

Giving a short and sweet humble speech.

He showed gratitude to all unknown supporters,

And thanked all who were present, one and each.

 

Then large group photos were hurriedly taken,

Many took pictures, many touched the cup!

The crowd filed out; helicopter blades whirled

Because all too soon this joyous time was up.

 

Pilot Peter Barratt of Westcoast Helicopters,

Then lifted off on the next leg of their flight.

With Willie Mitchell aboard waving up front,

Until he and the Stanley Cup were out of sight.

 

By Ruby House

Port McNeill Poet-In-Residence (2011-2012)

August 12, 2012