A canoeing legend late has died --
At the age of 75;
He grew up on the town's north side,
Where Mississippi paddling thrived.
As a boy he'd paddle anything --
From homemade boats to rafts and logs --
Which to a sawmill he would bring --
For quarters would he water slog.
He often paddled in a race* --
Four hundred and fifty mile,
And was four times he took first place,
And developed a racing style.
He came up with the signal "hut"
And invented the bent-shaft paddle,
But best known for designs he cut
For the racing boats astraddle.
A half a dozen boat makers
Have built canoes along his lines,
And a dozen undertakings
Have We-no-nah and Gene combined.
The Jensen name is known world-wide --
On the finest racing bows --
In fact, 3 "Jensens" I have plied
With the "old lady" in the prow.
And soon, upon the 6th of June --
At noon, up north in Brooklyn Park,
His ashes on the river strewn
Upon the shoals he made his mark.
*Minneapolis Aquatennial: Bemidji to Minneapolis