Above it all - A brief poem

Above it all



Take a seat

And hang on tight

Settle in now

and enjoy the flight


Soar higher and higher

Way above the yonder

Among the clouds'

Soft tops we'll wander


Free from Earth

And from all her woes

Far above it all

And free from foes


Up and Up we go

And aloft we'll wing

Thank you Daddy

We love our swing

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Dexter Yarbrough 4 years ago from United States

Outstanding! Great poem, Will!


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mckbirdbks 4 years ago from Emerald Wells, Just off the crossroads,Texas

This is great Will. You can sense the fun.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hey Dex!

Remember when we were kid swing pilots, soaring high and then bailing out?

Woot, woot!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Mikey,

Just some silliness from an old man!

^_^


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Angela Blair 4 years ago from Central Texas

Great one, Will -- you got me with that last line as I wasn't expecting that! Best/Sis


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CMCastro 4 years ago from Baltimore,MD USA

This makes me remember all of my wonderful memories of swinging on the swing as a child. Thank you.


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diogenes 4 years ago from UK and Mexico

Hahah Will: Like short story like verse, always a catch at the end, in this case, turning a slighty banal piece into a charming surprise. And we smile, "Might have known!"

Bob


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Deborah Brooks 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

wow the poem is fun.. reminds me when I was a kid and my dad made me a swing and I would swing higher and higher.. love your poem

sharing

Debbie


tnderhrt23 4 years ago

Great poem, great fun, great twist!


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Hyphenbird 4 years ago from America-Broken But Still Beautiful

This is an unexpected read. I love it. Thank you for making my heart feel happy.


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Rosemay50 4 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

I should have expected that little surprise at the end Lol. love this neat poem


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Pamela99 4 years ago from United States

This beautiful poem sounds exactly like a repetitive dream I used to have when I was young until we get to the swing part. Regardless I love the twist is this unique little poem.


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CMerritt 4 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

Awesome, and just as you was sharing with dex...just as you got up to top speed, it was time to bail!!

The imaginations we had back in the day....kids don't have to imagine with the amazing graphics they have in todays video games...

Loved it Will!


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Old Poolman 4 years ago from Rural Arizona

I'm not much for poetry, but I loved this one. It brought back painful memories of my only broken arm caused by flying from a swing. As I recall, the flight was exciting, but the landing was terrible.


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writer20 4 years ago from Southern Nevada

This poem is precious, loved it.

Voted up and beautiful, Joyce.


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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

There is beauty in this "brief poem". thank you


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Angela!

It was just a spur of the moment thing!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Christina, and yes, that was the point of the poem!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Gotcha, Bob!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Debbie, and weren't those wonderful days!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, tnderhrt23! Good to see you again!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Hyphenbird, and it was meant to be happy and fun!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you as always, Rosemay50!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Pamela99!

I too have always soared in my dreams, so I got a license!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Chris!

Kids miss out on lots of things today, and it's a real shame. My nephews love to come to my house because I show them so many neat things we used to do!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hey Mike!

Did you finish that project? I'm dying to read it!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Joyce, and I love reading you. You are the real poet!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Mhatter99!

There is a real beauty in being a child, isn't there?


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Kamalesh050 4 years ago from Sahaganj, Dist. Hooghly, West Bengal, India

Beautiful poem and it is funny too - truly love it. Voted Up.

Best Wishes, Kamalesh


Ghaelach 4 years ago

Morning Will.

You certainly caught me with this hub.

I have found that there is another side to Will Starr, where even cowboys can write poems.

A well thought out poem that rhymes, the type I like, the old fashion style.

Voted across the board.

Take care

LOL Ghaelach


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breakfastpop 4 years ago

Thanks Will! Your poem make me feel lighter and brighter! Up and awesome.


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Patriette 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Sweet and wonderful poem, Will. Ditto breakfastpop.


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Nan Mynatt 4 years ago from Illinois

Beautiful words of expression for today and forever. I marked you up!


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Minnetonka Twin 4 years ago from Minnesota

Aww, this is so sweet Will. I was thinking this was about flying in an airplane but this was much better. I'll never forget the days of swinging with my buddy's. Giggling as I felt myself flying in the air like a bird. Great poem my friend.


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always exploring 4 years ago from Southern Illinois

This is soo sweet. I love it....


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Oh, Will, remembering the simple pleasures of childhood feels so free. Thank you


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Kamalesh!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hello again, Ghaelach, and thank you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi BPOP,

Remember those days?


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Patriette!

A swing has all the features of flying...g-forces, soaring, momentary weightlessness, etc!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Nan...it was fun to write!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Twin,

My cousins had a tire swing on one rope and on a hill...when you reached the high point over the downhill side, you were some fifty feet in the air! No one 'bailed' on that swing!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Ruby!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Amy,

We made our own fun in those days.


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Amy Becherer 4 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Yep, and it was bliss!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I agree


afro-cerealist 4 years ago

Wonderful poem! A great message. Love its simplicity.


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The Frog Prince 4 years ago from Arlington, TX

I was going one way while you were going another with this one. It settled in the middle.

TFP


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, afro-cerealist!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Jim!


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ImKarn23 4 years ago

Oh, Will - a surprise ending! The small things in life are the best! Sweet and innocent..


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, ImKarn23!


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myownlife 4 years ago from london

Interesting exposition, beautiful moment.


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Movie Master 4 years ago from United Kingdom

Absolutely fabulous poem Will, loved it and voted up!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Shushil!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Lesley, and thank you!


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shiningirisheyes 4 years ago from Upstate, New York

Awe - That was great! I was off on a whole different direction so your ending took me by surprise! Glad it did because I so enjoyed the ending.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, shiningirisheyes!


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Storytellersrus 4 years ago from Stepping past clutter

Your ending made me laugh!!! What a gift. You are always so clever with the concluding twist. Good for you!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Barbie!


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Victoria Lynn 4 years ago from Arkansas, USA

So peaceful and clever. I didn't know that you were talking about a kids' swing until the end. And then the soaring feeling I was feeling ended with a satisfied smile. How cool is that! Great job! Many votes!


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Loved this Will! I am a sucker for a swing!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Victoria Lynn!

It was written using my childhood memories.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, AudreyHowitt,

To this day, I cannot pass up an unoccupied swing.


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Teylina 4 years ago

I can't either; even got a black eye over a swing when I was nine! But this poem is awesome--of course, everything you write is. I'm behind in reading, but I'm so very, very glad I read this! Absolutely lovely, bittersweet because they grow up, and awesomely written. Love it, Will.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Teylina!


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SubRon7 4 years ago from eastern North Dakota

Beautiful poem, Will, though I wasn't expecting it to be a swing. Just this morning, CBS This Morning, I heard about this guy who is going to skydive from the edge of space, freefall for over 5 minutes and might even break the speed of sound.

Reread the poem--love it!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

"Just this morning, CBS This Morning, I heard about this guy who is going to skydive from the edge of space, freefall for over 5 minutes and might even break the speed of sound."

I did that the day my Uncle Dick gave me a really good push!

^_*


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April Reynolds 4 years ago from Arizona

Wonderful WillStarr, loved it!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, April!


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marcoujor 4 years ago from Jeffersonville PA

Safety and freedom... carefree days... it took me away for a few moments. Voted UP and very Beautiful, Bill.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Maria!


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ignugent17 4 years ago

WillStarr-

Wonderful poem and this is very true about flying. You just have to hang on tight and enjoy. Voted up and more.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Meldz!


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ahorseback 4 years ago

I gotta say Will , you got me ! Funny too !++++++


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you!


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Wayne Brown 4 years ago from Texas

I've soared high above the bar many times in just such a swing never knowing that one day I would soar the skies of the world....little dreams can turn into wonderful things. Great poem, Will...I really, really like it! ~WB


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

You know Wayne, I really think that my very young days soaring in a swing and experiencing the thrill of both g-forces and weightlessness led to my later love of flight and a pilot's license!


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Pollyannalana 4 years ago from US

Great little diddy~


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi, Pollyannalana, and that's all it was meant be!

All in fun.


Sueswan 4 years ago

Hi Will

A wonderful poem.

I remember swinging as a child wishing I could swing high enough to touch the clouds.

Voted up and away

Have a good day :)


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Deepak Chaturvedi 4 years ago from New Delhi, India

Nice..lines.


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Sueswan!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Deepak!


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Just Ask Susan 4 years ago from Ontario, Canada

I used to love to swing. I could stay on swings for hours. Now when I try it makes me nauseous :)

Enjoyed your poem.


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fpherj48 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

Will....I'm with you....flying high above the clouds, that fade the view of troubles and cares of the world below! So, that's why Dad hung that swing for me!!.......Up and awesome.


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AudreyHowitt 4 years ago from California

Came back for another peek--still loving this piece!


Sunnie Day 4 years ago

ahhh so very sweet! Thank you Will..as a young girl I loved to swing. I would run as fast as I could to be the first one to get a swing. I loved pushing my own children and grandchildren in the swing..One of the few times in life we feel like we can fly.

Take care,

Sunnie


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Susan and sorry about your airsickness!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, fpherj48!

Putting up a swing is proof that a daddy loves his babies!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you Audrey!

It was just a spur of the moment fun piece!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Sunnie!

It is like flying with g-forces at the bottom, and a moment of weightlessness as you reach the top of the arc! I still like it!


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Faith Reaper 4 years ago from southern USA

What a delightful poem. I am always in awe looking down at the clouds from so high above. Voted Way Up In His Love, Faith Reaper


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Faith Reaper!


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billybuc 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

Will, Bev and I will still go to the park and swing on occasion. Loved the poem; brought back great memories. Sorry I haven't been by your site in awhile; I am having a problem not getting notified about all hubs that I follow...I didn't realize it about you until you friended me today. Anyway, great poem!


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WillStarr 4 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Billy!


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Storytellersrus 3 years ago from Stepping past clutter

haha, you totally got me with this one! I was very much into the soaring... brought me back to my glider days. But when it ended, well, I was also a swing set girl. Used to head to the park in college and swing away my frustrations... Bottom line, I loved this on many levels!


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W1totalk 3 years ago

Great poem. Airy and light.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks Barb! It was fun to write.

Thank you, W1totalk!


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Patriette 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

Your mastery of verse is delightful.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Patriette!


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Pamela Kinnaird W 3 years ago from Maui and Arizona

And I did settle in -- just in time to find out it was a swing. Took me back to childhood. Loved this.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Pamela!

It was fun to write.


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JPSO138 3 years ago from Cebu, Philippines, International

Beautifully written and definitely worth the thumbs up. It is indeed an honor to come across this hub.


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you JPSO138 !


Nan Mynatt 3 years ago

Welcome back Will I have missed your writings. You are truly a grifted writer and I have enjoyed your articles. Keep safe and well winter is here in the Northern Il. I t will be 9 o this weekend!


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WillStarr 3 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Nan, and thank you sweetie!

Stay warm!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

Oh Will, this is brilliant! I loved the ending. Even at my age I can't resist a swing. I can't resist your poetry either. Write another one - please!


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Will, I only just saw this because vocal coach commented on it. I love this , it's my type of poem. I wish I had written it for my micro-poem series. The little twist at the end fits in perfectly. You aren't just a writer of great western fiction, you are a poet as well. Voted up.


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Harishprasad 2 years ago from India

WillStarr, as I continued reading these simple yet very beautiful lines, I thought this poem to be about a airplane- flight until I stumbled upon the last line that ended all suspense. My mind came down from the clouds and fell on a lovely swing. I was so mad of those swings in my childhood. You reminded those very sweet and carefree days ! Loved reading this beautiful poem. Voted up. Thank you. :-)


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thanks, Coach!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Jodah!


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Harishprasad, all the way from India!


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lisavanvorst 2 years ago from New Jersey

Beautifully written and to the point.


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Lisa.


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LadyFiddler 2 years ago from Somewhere in the West

Good Morning Will nice poetry i guess we all feel to get away in those fluffy white clouds sometimes, to get away from our troubles and everyday life. We all need a break even if it's swinging :)

Have a lovely Thursday


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WillStarr 2 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Lady.


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old albion 23 months ago from Lancashire. England.

Hi Will. A great little poem. It brought a smile to my face this morning and a few memories. Christmas morning as well. Well done.

Graham.


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ahorseback 23 months ago

Merry Christmas Will ! I remember this happening !


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Graham, and Merry Christmas!


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WillStarr 23 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you ahorseback, and Merry Christmas!


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peachpurple 22 months ago from Home Sweet Home

awesome poem, i can see lots of hubbers are talented poem writers


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WillStarr 22 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Peachy!


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janshares 14 months ago from Washington, DC

Delightful and unexpected, WillStarr. Your poem made me smile. Excellent work, thank for that one. Thumbs up.


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WillStarr 14 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Thank you, Janis!


Nan Mynatt 14 months ago

I enjoy your poem! We all need to dream more AND LEARN THE SIMPLE

things to enjoy. Life is not recallable and we need to focus on our happiness. Some people never seem to learn! You have had a lot of bad weather this year, I pray for your safety and the people in AZ. Keep writing!


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WillStarr 14 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

Hi Nan! Haven't seen you in a long time! Are you doing well?


Nan Mynatt 14 months ago

Will, 2014 was not g good year for me. A man ran a stop-sign and totaled my car. I was under the doctor's care all this time. I also traveled to LAX to my 1st cousin's funeral. He fought 2 rare types of leukemia for 3 years. I spoke to him a few days before he passed. He was a lot younger than myself. We should never give up to tragic illness or other misfortunes. I spent July in Atlanta, and as usual it's a beautiful city. The economy is booming! I will probably go again when it gets cold, and do some writing.

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WillStarr 14 months ago from Phoenix, Arizona Author

I am so sorry for all your tribulations Nan, and I pray that this year will be better.

May God Bless and Heal you.

Bill

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