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Everybody Loves a Swing: Poems and Thoughts About Swings

Updated on November 13, 2015

As each grandchild has come along, I have enjoyed spending time with them swinging.

We had a great swing and play center at our last home which I miss. I have many pleasant memories of the times we spent together there.

I have learned through the years that children do not really care about environments as much as they care about attention and love.

Also, children do not concern themselves about how something looks, but more about how things feel.

So here I share some of my pictures taken in swings either at our home, the park, or at a cabin we have used for family vacations.

I also discovered these great poems about swings.

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The Swing

Author: Robert Louis Stevenson

(1850-1894 )

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!

I believe the power of this poem is in its cadence. The sounds swing you up and down with the visuals. It is also such a timeless poem; one with which children can still relate.


Tire Swing
by Gene Fehler

My brother Aaron swung me high and hard
Toward tops of trees, until I almost flew
Into the blue of sky above our yard.
I peaked, then roller-coasted down and through
My squeals that sprinkled on the distant ground.
I tilted, lurched, then fought to grab the rope
And stop my fall. The tire spun around
With wild abandon. I could only hope
That God or Aaron (either one would do)
Could soften up the oak tree's matchbox bark
Which planned a terrifying rendezvous
Somewhere within the tire's final arc.
I closed my eyes and never found out why
The oak tree stepped aside to let me by.


The Porch Swing

Sitting on the porch swing,
Going to and fro,
Watching all the people,
Feeling breezes blow,
Smelling all the flowers,
Hearing robins sing,
I see the last of summer,
Sitting on the swing!

by Cynthia J Breedlove


A Girl on the Swing

by Chungmi Kim

She sees the mountain upside down.

With her long hair sweeping the fallen leaves she swings like a pendulum.

From the lagoon at sunset a hundred sparrows fly away.

Wishing them back she whistles softly. And downward she falls into the sky.

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    Elayne 6 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That's great BamBamT - swings do that to us - great memories! Aloha!

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    BamBamT@aol.com 6 years ago

    I enjoyed your article. Brought back some good memories

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    That word swinger has two connotations. Glad you made that clear, Micky Dee.

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    Micky Dee 7 years ago

    I'm a swinger! I just love the swings! Thank you!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    @Hello, hello, I imagine that you are right unless someone gets motion sickness from swinging or something, but that would be quite unusual. Thanks for your comments.

    @Sally's Trove. So glad you enjoyed my swinging hub. I like RLS's poem also. That's the kind of poetry I dig. Thanks again for your comments.

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    Sherri 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

    I smiled my way through your Hub, from beginning to end. What grabbed me right away was RLS's poem, which I had not read or heard since childhood and was amazed to realize that I remember almost all the words! Thank you for bringing back wonderful memories of swings...your Hub is inspiring me to collect some of those memories into words.

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    Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

    I don't think there is enybody who doesn't love swings and has nothing but good memories of them. Thank you for a lovely hub.

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I stand corrected Nellieanna. Obviously you are still very young at heart. You are a great example to all of us.

    Pamela. Glad you liked it and that you still love swings even it if it is porch swings. I guess we don't want to embarrass the children. But when they are not around . . . .

    Thanks KoffeeKlatch Gals. Wonderful memories for all of us. Aloha

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    Susan Haze 7 years ago from Sunny Florida

    I loved your pictures and loved your choice of poems. It all brings back childhood memories of swinging high in the air so I felt like I was flying. What a wonderful feeling. Thanks

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    Pamela Oglesby 7 years ago from United States

    This brings back memories from my childhood and when my children were growing up. I still like swings although it is more along the porch swing type these days. Anyway, nice hub.

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    Nellieanna Hay 7 years ago from TEXAS

    Elayne - You've touched on a most favorite topic and your hub is just splendid, with the pictures, your words and lovely poetry about swinging!! I love it! Thank you for a wonderful way to start my day!! Truly everybody does seem to love a swing!

    kaltopsyd - I still love swinging and I'm 78!! Truly it is so much fun, so FREE! Such a thrill getting 'way up there and then that wonderful rush descending! Oh! I love it!

    Elayne - who sez anyone has to "act like" anything but what and who we are??? - Including being free at heart!

    Rocking chairs were fun when I was a kid and nothing wrong with them now - but heck! No one says you have to abandon life at any certain age. Look at Betty White! LOL. My intention is to be FULLY active @ 100 and I have a quite good prospect of it. (taking care of yourself matters, though!)

    Dallas - wow - I broke an arm just jumping out of a moving swing when I was about 6 or so. Of course, I always could swing the highest. I remember when the swings were on a metal stand attached to a top 'bar' - I'd be looking way OVER the top of the bar on my up-swings to the back and seemed to be able to see the whole neighborhood on the upswings forward! What fun!

    And Elayne and reddog - there's one of my most favorite poets as a kid, although "My Shadow" was my most favorite of them - but I loved "The Swing" and that friendly cow all red and white. What pleasant memories.

    Elayne - your kids and grandkids are so lucky to have you, gal! And so are we!!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Hey reddog1027 - we are the same age - glad you can still enjoy swinging - I think in a couple years we will just be able to rock in a chair, but it is similar. heheheh. You have a cute grandson too.

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    reddog1027 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

    Well, as Robert Louis Stevenson said, Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing Ever a child can do! At 58, I still love to swing. My grandson Xavier thinks its great fun as well. Thanks for the hub and thanks for sharing the pictures of your family.

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    Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    I enjoyed the challenge a swing presented. I have heard often as a child, "He sure is active..."

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Sorry to hear about your arm - we can get carried away can't we. We used to jump off the swings which was kind of dangerous too dallas93444. Thanks.

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    Dallas W Thompson 7 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

    Broke my arm on a swing trying to turn a "flip!" Loved the swings. In school it was a challenge to see who could swing the highest...

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    I still love swinging too. Too bad we have to act like grownups sometimes. Glad you enjoyed it kaltopsyd.

    Thanks LianaK for adding your comments. Glad your daughter enjoys swinging. Aloha!

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    LianaK 7 years ago

    My daughter loves to swing everyday :). Swings are a wonderful way to relax and enjoy the great outdoors. Thanks for a wonderful hub.

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    kaltopsyd 7 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

    I STILL love swinging and I'm 18. Haha. What a fun Hub and what adorable videos/pictures. The baby is soooooooo cute. I can watch those videos over and over. Hehe. Thank you for sharing!

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    Elayne 7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

    Thanks floating mind - I'm glad they have porch swings for us older folks. I remember my grandparents had one that we loved to swing on. Guess I need to get one of those since we don't have the great play area any more.

    Aloha Don. Some things do stay the same between the generations, swings being one of them. Thanks for commenting.

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    Don Simkovich 7 years ago from Pasadena, CA

    Swings are such wonderful places to build memories! It is amazing how they remain so popular and timeless.

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    floating mind 7 years ago from Chicago, Illinois

    Ahhh ... memories. I remember having fun on the swing set as a kid. No grand-kids ... yet. That'll come in time. Thanks for the walk down memory lane. Nice hub.