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Two wooden swings tied with ropes


hang from the branches of an oak tree that


stands upon a grassy knoll


beneath skies warmed by


an orange glow from the sunset


just above the horizon of the ocean


far in the distance


past a seaside town and grand lighthouse



You swing on one seat


while I rock on the other


and in this way


we are here


side by side


together



An old breeze helps to push us


back and forth


while she tickles the leaves above


into a windchime harmony


accompanied by a quartet of doves



I want… to give you this gift of a simple idea


to make you smile for even a moment


away from all the storm clouds--

which you can pass along to others



For while you read this scene quietly

to yourself


. . . the two of us will swing


once again


reader and narrator


but when you read it aloud


to someone else--


such as a friend

or a family member


then the two of you


will share these swings


with you as the narrator


and her or him as the listener



Roles changed

like turns taken on swings


Opportunities to sail upwards

to taste salty sea air

to share an experience with others


to be safe


to be free...

. . . from one narrator

to the next

Life seems to have gotten even more complicated than usual lately, so I wanted to experiment a bit with narration and an activity that always struck me as very liberating. 
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Souless-Ghost's avatar

That is beautiful honestly!

slnmten's avatar

I love the meta feel of this. You brought the reader out of your words and gently settled them back in.

That's a rare technique...bravo!

Ragcat392's avatar

Lovely poem. You are really creative.

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Thank you so much!

MercenaryBlade's avatar

I definitely enjoyed this piece and the meaphor, it's almost like finding a long lost friend.

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Thanks! I am happy it struck such a deep chord for you.

marciceman's avatar

Side by side !!

Very nice !!!!!!!!

Two wooden swings tied with ropes

hang from the branches of an oak tree that

stands upon a grassy knoll

beneath skies warmed by

an orange glow from the sunset !!!!!!!!

:) !!!

Sounds a lot like the Six Oaks Grove !!!!!!!!!!!!

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Oh, nice! Thank you so much for the high praise.

PrecariouslyPeculiar's avatar

A beautiful sentiment, inventively told. And it seems to be doing a lot of good already. Well done with this ^^

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Thank you. It fills me with joy to know this piece has made your day brighter. ^_^

DelightfulDolphin's avatar

I love the imagery, it really brings this piece (and its wonderful message) to life!

LiterarySerenity's avatar

That's great to hear. Thank you so much!

DelightfulDolphin's avatar

You're very welcome!

Shining-Scribe's avatar

Life is more complicated than usual. It's little things like these that will help us power through. I'm going to share this piece on my Facebook page and in a journal so the message spreads. :)

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Oh my goodness, thank you so much. You have made my day much brighter as well. I wrote this piece feeling a bit melancholy with all the tension right now. Not knowing exactly what to do, I wanted to at least share a peaceful moment with everyone.


So hearing it has made you and others smile is fantastic. Thank you for helping to spread it around, my friend. ^_^♡

Shining-Scribe's avatar

As you said, this peaceful moment needed to be shared. :aww:

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Blacksand459's avatar

Oh this is beautiful!! Magnificent.

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Awww, thank you so much!

Blacksand459's avatar

You're quite welcome!

onthemoonpoetry's avatar

A sweet subject expressed with such beautiful imagery. A joy to read! Great work, Serenity!

LiterarySerenity's avatar

Awww, I appreciate that. Thank you so much! I'm thrilled you enjoyed it. ^0^♡

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