The Swing

swingI went out

For a walk

This afternoon.

No clear


In mind.

Just searching


A little

Fresh air

To clear

My aching head.


I found myself

In a tiny park.

No one else

Was around.

It was

Far too cold

For that.


Only lonely people

Are out

Wandering alone

On Easter Sunday.

I was drawn

To the swing set,

Which was covered

In a thin layer

Of April snow.

I brushed off

The snow,

Then sat down

On the swing

On the left.

I smiled

At my choice,


Full well


I had chosen

The left one.


We used

To hold hands,

It was usually

My right


Her left.

So out of habit,

I always

Keep my

Right hand


I’d really love

To have someone

To sit with

On the swings


A hand

To hold

Would be ideal.

But the swings

Can be

So lonely,

When you’re

Out there

On your own.

What’s the fun

If there’s

No one there

To urge you

To go higher?


Come in sets

For a reason…

About Austin

Native New Yorker who's fled to the quiet life in Maine. I write movies, root for the Yankees, and shovel lots of snow.
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18 Responses to The Swing

  1. pattisj says:

    Sad, but very touching.

  2. adamjasonp says:

    So you’ve been a hopeless romantic since being a kid on a swing, eh?

  3. Joseph Nebus says:

    Oh, it’s beautiful.

  4. What a lovely poem. Very touching.

  5. ivyon says:

    Happy Easter… You might feel lonely but you brought amazing photo and touching moment on the blogosphere for all of us to connect with it. 🙂

  6. alundeberg says:

    Very poignant poem. It reminds me at different moments of Robert Frost’s Birches, Stopping By a Snowy Wood, and The Road Less Traveled.

  7. E.L. Wicker says:

    So beautiful and sad.

  8. markbialczak says:

    That’s a pretty picture and sad poem, my friend. You will find the perfect fit for your hand-holding, Austin.

  9. Pamela Edwards says:

    Austin , this is so lovely & sad at the same time . You amaze me with your talent . The ladies in Maine need to pay attention to the fabulous guy named Austin !

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