Tuesday, June 29, 2010

~Old Porch Swing~

Another one of life's simplest but greatest pleasures is sitting on our porch swing. I think
Tamara Dicus Hillman explains it beautifully in her poem.   She writes:

----Old Porch Swing----
Some folks might say – about our swing,
"It’s just an old and rusting thing,"
but I remember all the ways
that old porch swing would fill our days
Upon that swing now hanging still,
moon rising o’er the distant hill,
Mama rested – sipping tea,
and sang sweet lullabies to me
With silent rocking, dreams were sough
on summer days when it was hot,
games we played while resting there,
chess and checkers moved on squares
Women gathered ‘round the swing'
to share the latest gossiping,
while sewing patches on our jeans,
or maybe popping garden beans
Men returning from the field
would wait there for the evening meal,
at end of day – their work complete,
old Rex, our dog, lay at their feet
Granny, sometimes shedding tears,
recalling friends lost through the years,
would pass the hours on our porch
swinging gently back and forth
We courted on that creaking swing,
first love softly blossoming,
sneaking kisses in the night
veiled in shadows of moonlight
Worn and weathered that old seat
has served us well – its use replete,
we now rock babes with curly hair,
soothing them with loving care
Remembering yet those days of old,
in summer heat or winter cold,
how we chanced to tarry there
making memories we could share.


Stacey said...

An old wicker porch swing is on my wish list. Looks wonderful! I love the poem.

Michelle @ between cottage and cabin said...

What a wonderful poem. Such a beautiful simple pleasure.

Ms. Bake-it said...

Great poem! Love the wicker porch swing! Like Stacey, a porch swing is on my wish list...

~ Tracy

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

What a sweet poem! How I would love to have a porch swing like that. I have a lawn swing on my patio and there is no place I would rather take a nap in the afternoon..my book and my ice tea and I am all set. But YOUR swing! Lovely!! :)

D said...

Well I loved that poem, and I can relate. I have a swing that has been with me for over 30 years. And I have lots of memories of many hours spent on my grandmother's old swing. :)

Kirsty said...

Gorgeous I just love porch swings!

mbkatc230 said...

What a lovely poem, it paints such a wonderful picture. I would love to have a porch swing. Of course, it would help if I had a porch first :) Kat

Wsprsweetly Of Cottages said...

Just stopped back to read the poem one more time... :)

Judy said...

My husband has one. I LOVE the look, but swinging in it makes me all whoozy.