ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

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.

Click thumbnail to view full-size

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.


Submit a Comment

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    7 years ago from Rocky Mountains

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

  • profile image 

    7 years ago

    I enjoyed your article. Brought back some good memories

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

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

  • Micky Dee profile image

    Micky Dee 

    8 years ago

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

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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.

  • Sally's Trove profile image


    8 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.

  • Hello, hello, profile image

    Hello, hello, 

    8 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.

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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

  • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile image

    Susan Hazelton 

    8 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

  • Pamela99 profile image

    Pamela Oglesby 

    8 years ago from Sunny Florida

    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.

  • Nellieanna profile image

    Nellieanna Hay 

    8 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!!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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.

  • reddog1027 profile image


    8 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.

  • dallas93444 profile image

    Dallas W Thompson 

    8 years ago from Bakersfield, CA

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

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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.

  • dallas93444 profile image

    Dallas W Thompson 

    8 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...

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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!

  • LianaK profile image


    8 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.

  • kaltopsyd profile image


    8 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!

  • elayne001 profile imageAUTHOR


    8 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.

  • Don Simkovich profile image

    Don Simkovich 

    8 years ago from Pasadena, CA

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

  • floating mind profile image

    floating mind 

    8 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.


This website uses cookies

As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

Show Details
HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)