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Sunshine
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0 posted 10-01-1999 06:37 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

Tethered Tires

Outside in a fall’s backyard to see
a tethered tire hung on a tree
swinging in the air, but totally alone
for no little child lives at this home.

The wind moans lowly in the rafters,
no child’s voice, no child’s laughter
ringing from the window sill;
fall brings winter, and winter’s chill.

I’m not so old that I am spent,
I know what tethered tires meant
to my friends and my children three;
I know what this swing meant to me.

A symbol of freedom in summer’s air,
leaning back dusting dirt in long hair;
heels kicked high touching blue sky
a hand in my back, pushing me high.

‘Round and round I’d go
when the tire was spun
for on the rope it would turn,
and I would be the one

to get dizzy first, and to the ground fall
oh with that tire, we had a ball!
We could climb the rope, and clutch periously
to the top of the tire, we’d hang to see

who was coming, or who had gone
sometimes we’d do it, three kids on,
but the swinging, the swinging so high
was the best way to reach summer’s sky.

I do not yearn to be that young again,
but God give me strength for when
my grandkids come for a push on the swing
and God, let those childrens’ voices ring!

©KRJ
1 October, 1999


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Sunshine
Look, then, into thine heart, and write ~~~ Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

© Copyright 1999 Karilea Rilling - All Rights Reserved
U K Hero
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1 posted 10-01-1999 06:40 PM       View Profile for U K Hero   Email U K Hero   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for U K Hero

Aha... let me say I'm the first to cry 'excellent'...
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2 posted 10-01-1999 07:06 PM       View Profile for Isis   Email Isis   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Isis's Home Page   View IP for Isis

Wonderful Sunshine, my the Sun shine on your future and allow lots of Grandkiddies so you can relive those memories and make some new ones... Great job!!

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What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny, compared to what lies within us.
~Isis~
(Daughter of Mystery)

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3 posted 10-01-1999 07:06 PM       View Profile for Sunshine   Email Sunshine   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Sunshine's Home Page   View IP for Sunshine

UK, thank you! It likes me, too!

Isis, I've got one that's 7, one that's two, and one due in a few weeks. I think the swing will stay busy!

[This message has been edited by Sunshine (edited 10-01-1999).]
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4 posted 10-01-1999 10:43 PM       View Profile for hoot_owl_rn   Email hoot_owl_rn   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit hoot_owl_rn's Home Page   View IP for hoot_owl_rn

Applauds feverently.......wonderful message, wonderful imagery, true to form, great flow....what else do you want me to say? This was an excellently crafted piece of poetry, you should be proud of yourself with this one Sunshine

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Pepper
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5 posted 10-01-1999 11:02 PM       View Profile for Pepper   Email Pepper   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Pepper

captvating and entrancing.....yes,you should be very proud Sunshine.......this piece is marvelous

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May your days be filled with lots of sunshine and your nights lit up by golden moonbeams
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6 posted 10-01-1999 11:15 PM       View Profile for Balladeer   Email Balladeer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Balladeer's Home Page   View IP for Balladeer

Ah, I remember my old swing well. When I'm tired of working, I'm gonna re-tire.

Good poem, Sunshine.
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7 posted 10-02-1999 01:43 AM       View Profile for Lucie   Email Lucie   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lucie

Hey Balladeer.. I'll push first..heheh... but then.. I always was kinda pushy..hehe
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Hoot, I'm blushing! Praise from you is sweet, indeed!

Pepper, thank you!

'Deer, re-tire? Think not! Glad you enjoyed.

Lucie, push away. Thanks for reading...
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9 posted 11-07-1999 08:13 AM       View Profile for Lost Dreamer   Email Lost Dreamer   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Lost Dreamer

Sunshine, This was such a joy to read brought out the beauty of childhood and the sunny day's of summer that seem to pass to quickly.
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10 posted 11-07-1999 06:35 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

Ahhhh, Sunshine this is beautiful! Another gem I missed the first time around!

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Denise

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11 posted 11-07-1999 09:57 PM       View Profile for X Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for X Angel

Wonderful! I had a swing like that (one of many original swings we created!) and they are all fond memories. I too want to be a spry old Grandmother who plays soccer with her grandkids.
X

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12 posted 11-07-1999 11:18 PM       View Profile for Marge Tindal   Email Marge Tindal   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to visit Marge Tindal's Home Page   View IP for Marge Tindal

Sunshine: Tire swings and puddle-jumping and mud pies, Ahhhhh....such nostalgia. Loved the memory stir.

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13 posted 11-07-1999 11:23 PM       View Profile for Seymour Tabin   Email Seymour Tabin   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Seymour Tabin

Sunshine,
I've already retired and still going round.
Enjoyed the poem, you did good.
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Lost Dreamer, thank you for finding this and bringing it back up to the top, I am so glad you found enjoyment here...

Denise, welcome...

Xangel - if you want it, it will happen...

Marge, Sy - we may be old, but we're good!
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15 posted 11-08-1999 07:45 AM       View Profile for Toerag   Email Toerag   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Toerag

Nicely done Sunshine.....balladeer's gonna retire, he already has a large spare tire....
I wasn't sure what this poem was gonna be about by the Title....but it was a nice surprise....Yanno, down south when your tires get "tethered"....some of them country folks say things like; "My "tars" are so bald ya could run over a dime and read the date on the tread"......
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16 posted 11-08-1999 09:08 AM       View Profile for suthern   Email suthern   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for suthern

I can feel the breeze
And smell the dust,
Hear my parents
Making a fuss...
"You'll kill yourself
Going so high"
Just as my toes
Almost touched the sky.
"In your good dress?
Get off that thing!"
Thanks for the visit
To my old swing!

Great job, Sunshine. What a delightful trip down memory lane!!

And Toe... I've had "tars" like that! LOL
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Toe, suthern, glad you enjoyed the visit. Suthern, especially like your version added to this.
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18 posted 11-09-2004 06:58 AM       View Profile for Dark Angel   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Dark Angel

Beautiful Karilea, this brought back some fond memories.



Mxx

into this night i wonder, it's morning that i dread, another day of knowing of, the path i fear to tread.
~Sarah McLachlan~

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how glad I am to have stumbled here
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