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In That Old Swing

Politics aside, there is much more to me. I am passionate about many things and those are the things which sustain me.

Our dog Gunner’s last trip with me to that old swing, before cancer took him from us.

Our dog Gunner’s last trip with me to that old swing, before cancer took him from us.

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I Have Traveled...

I have traveled about ten thousand miles in that old swing

Laughing, crying, pondering life or what the morrow might bring

When I have some soul-searching to do or when I just need to pray,

I’m drawn to that old swing, be it five minutes or an hour I might stay

It has felt my tears, carrying me through troubling times, you just don’t know...

The subtle squeak, such a soothing sound, as I sway to and fro...

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My go to place in my time of need or when all I want to do - is swing

I may close my eyes or watch the rain, I may choose to read or I may sing

I’ve napped there, quite a few times, in that old swing

Sometimes it has brought rest, other times a stiff neck is all that it did bring

We all need a special place, in which we can escape to

When we cannot travel there, these special places of ours, trust me, they will do

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Many friends and family members, have sought out that old swing

So much life has been lived there, that’s the important thing

Grandbabies pile in and on, wanting to go for a ride

I would swing all day long with those precious babies, along by my side

Quiet nights chatting with the man that I love, are often spent there,

but they aren’t really spent are they....for it’s quality time we share

















That Old Porch Swing

You See That Old Rocking Chair?

You see that old rocking chair, sitting there close by?

I’ll admit to you, as a place of solace, I’ve given it a try

In the sunset of our lives, they say rocking chairs are the place to be

Maybe when I get there, that will become the resting place for me

Perhaps when more years go by, it will become my special place...we'll see

But for right now, today, in that old swing, is where I will choose to be




















© 2019 A B Williams

Comments

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 02, 2019:

More Cracker Barrel type porches with the addition of swings....no phones or electronics allowed! :)

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 02, 2019:

Hey, I couldn't agree more. I wish everyone could find their happy place...the world would be better.

Maybe we should build some "happy spots" for others to enjoy.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 02, 2019:

I've added the perfect song, not sure why I didn't think of this song before.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 02, 2019:

Thank you Shannon, that means a lot to me!

Thinking back on my childhood and time spent with my Grandparents; there was a front porch swing at one home and at the other, I remember a rusty old glider out in the yard. I have so many great memories of time spent (life lived) in both of those places! Outside, gathering, making homemade ice cream, running around with my cousins, fishing out back, picking blackberries and muscadine grapes....

We have strayed soooo far from family gathering places, I'd love to see a return to that.

Shannon Henry from Texas on October 02, 2019:

I just love getting notifications that someone commented on this hub, Angie. It's such a pleasant one to be reminded of and to come back to. As Brenda said, those special places are wonderful to have. And your particular one reminds me of so many things. It's no wonder that even television shows use things like a front porch swing as a special place for families to gather.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on October 02, 2019:

Thank you Brenda for reading and commenting.

I completely agree, “there your thoughts become clear” and if every person could find their special place...it could change the world!

BRENDA ARLEDGE from Washington Court House on October 01, 2019:

It is great to have a special place to retreat too. There your thoughts become clear.

Great read.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 19, 2019:

Your Grandma sounds a lot like mine Vivian; feisty, no filter...lol

I'm so glad that this brought back memories for you.

Vivian Coblentz on August 19, 2019:

That swing reminds me of the one my grandma had. I used to sit on it with her, and she'd sit there with a fly swatter, constantly whacking at bugs that would pester us on warm, summer days. She was hard of hearing, so when people would be taking a walk on the road past her house, she would loudly say stuff about them, not realizing that even though she couldn't hear them, they could hear her. Sometimes, they would smile at us amused, and other times, I was so mortified by her comments I wanted the ground to swallow me.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 18, 2019:

Thank you so much Lorna, that is what that old swing brings me.

I hope that you have such a place.

Lorna Lamon on August 18, 2019:

Your poem brings to mind such a wonderful picture of comfort and love. Beautiful.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2019:

Thank you Jodah, yes full of memories, with, hopefully, many more to come.

John Hansen from Queensland Australia on August 17, 2019:

What delightful poetry, and both the old swing and rocking chair look very inviting. That old swing seems full of memories for you.

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2019:

At the very least, a place that you can escape to. ;)

Tonight I will be in that old swing listening to Rowdy Yates play good old classic country music!

Yay weekend!!

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 17, 2019:

Maybe I'm the one who needs the rocking chair. The kids hid my phone earlier. I knew it was supposed to have been on the counter. But it wasn't so I looked in the freezer and in the cabinets. Wasn't losing my mind after all. Whew!

A B Williams (author) from Central Florida on August 17, 2019:

Thank you Shannon!

I can’t write out there though, :( well I could, but I am spoiled these days and choose to do all of my writing on my Ipad.

Shannon Henry from Texas on August 17, 2019:

This is beautiful. I can picture it.

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