Saturday, April 20, 2013

Robert Lewis Stephenson's The Swing

April is poetry month and here is another one of my favorites - this time one of my favorites from childhood - The Swing by Robert Louis Stephenson. It still makes me happy to read it and hear the swing going back and forth with the lines. 

Stephenson is probably best known for Treasure Island, Kidnapped and Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde which is about as far away from The Swing as you can get.

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!

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