Guest poem sent in by Dale Rosenberg
(Poem #1955) The Swing
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!
My first thought for the "poems about flying" theme was Randall Jarell's devastating "Death of a Ball Turret Gunner." I see Minstrels has already printed it. so I went for the complete opposite in emotional impact. "The Swing" was the first poem I learned about flying. It just captures for me so perfectly the lovely feeling of soaring which children have on swings. I remember being quite small and my mother reciting it to me as she pushed me higher and higher. I did the same with my own kids. So many of RLS's poems in A Child's Garden of Verses sound so fresh and real today. I think that since his subject matter is often universal, the poems don't seem dated in the way that some children's verse can. Dale [Links] Biography: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Robert_Louis_Stevenson A Child's Garden of Verses: http://www.bartleby.com/188/