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The Swing – Robert Louis Stevenson

(feature image from Garden of Bright Images)

When I saw this feature image on Facebook this morning, it triggered such wonderful memories!

Grade 2 – I remember having great difficulty reading a clock and being able to understand 10’s and 1’s, no matter how hard I tried but I also remember the thrill of being able to memorize and recite this poem with confidence and emotion. The Swing is such a rhythmical poem – it flows like the marvellous  feeling of swishing back and forth in the air –  awkward, skinny legs flying and tangled hair blowing.

When I go to a park, I always head to the swings.

I prefer the wood planks to sit on these days since the canvas ones feel so tight on my butt for some reason (I don’t remember this being a problem when I was younger and smaller) but I still pump my legs until I’m swinging high and then I lean back, close my eyes and enjoy the sensation of freedom.

Love it, love it, love it.

So good for my heart.

The Swing

BY ROBERT LOUIS STEVENSON

How do you like to go up in a swing,
   Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
   Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
   Till I can see so wide,
Rivers and trees and cattle and all
   Over the countryside—
Till I look down on the garden green,
   Down on the roof so brown—
Up in the air I go flying again,
   Up in the air and down!

Source: A Child’s Garden of Verses (1999)

 

Up in the air I go flying again

2 Comments

  1. Aww. I love a swing. One of the closest things to flying. I was always too scared to jump out of a high-flying swing like other kids … and why would I want to? 😉

    The girls and I would swing while we worked on memorizing Scripture. My daughter said she felt so close to God while swinging.

    Thanks for a trip down memory lane.

    • Diane (Author)

      Thanks, Shelli! I was that adventurous tomboy who did indeed jump off the high-flying swings but I agree with you – why? 🙂
      Thanks for commenting…

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