Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Thursday Theme=Swing

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,
River 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!


21 comments:

Joanne said...

If I could put an addendum at the end of the first verse? "And also one of the pleasantest things, any adult can do too!"

Brian Miller said...

loved the swings as a kid. such fun and trigger for the imagination...happy TT!

Leah said...

My grandma used to sing this to me as a song, while she pushed me on the swing! I love it very much and in fact I included a line from it in my own post today...although then I went off on quite a digression, lol.

Thank you so much for posting it in its entirety!

Liza said...

the best is the butterflies I got in my stomach when I swung too high. It's fun to be a mom of little ones. It gives me an excuse to swing with them.

Ronda Laveen said...

When I was growing up, I had a book titled "A Child's Garden of Verses." I believe this poem was in it. I loved that book.

Tom said...

not just a child...
i still like a good swing!

willow said...

This is one of the very first poems I memorized as a little girl. I still have a soft spot in my heart for it.

Wings said...

Great choice!

Betsy said...

Oh I love this poem...it captures the moment perfectly! Happy TT! Nice blog....glad I stopped by!

The Silver Fox said...

Stevenson wrote such great stories, his poetry is too often overlooked. Thanks for the reminder.

Debo Hobo said...

Glad you were able to get yours done as well. Great poem! :)

Mrsupole said...

Oh I love the way this poem is so simple yet says so much about what it is like to be a child on a swing. I remember being able to see things too. It was great.

Thank you for sharing this poem.

God bless.

Baino said...

"I can see my house from here . . ."

Sandra Leigh said...

I'm having one of those "Why didn't I think of that?" moments. I've always loved that poem. Good catch.

Jaime said...

great poem

subtorp77 said...

I still enjoy a swing every now and then. hey, even us big kids can still have some fun :)

Gran said...

I've not seen this poem before. Thanks!

Donna said...

Nice poem! That poem would be cute in a nursey poem book.It reminds me of swinging on a tire swing hanging off a big tree branch.GOOD MEMORIES!

reyjr said...

cool poem! :)

thanks for playing!

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California Girl said...

what a perfect perfect poem to use. Had I thought of it, I would have participated in TT last week. I could not think of a thing. Yet, there is a poem I read over and over as a child. Thank you for reminding me.