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The Swinger

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Corinne
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0 posted 10-30-1999 11:10 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems   Click to Submit your Poem to Passions  View IP for Corinne

The Swinger

Old man waited until twilight
Made coffee, poured a cup
Sarah Vaughn on the radio
Stacked dishes, cleaned up

Thought of things he’d never done
Learning to waltz, fly, and sing
Telling his father he loved him
Simple things, like how to swing

Dipping in the swimmin’ hole
Catching trout on summer days
Lying in grass, watching clouds
Whiling the hours away

Chores on the farm never ended
His entire life seemed that way
No time for anything but work
Did he just not know how to play?

Compelled to do something
Before this life slipped away
He donned his hat and coat
His cane to steady his sway

Walked slowly to the park
Quiet neighborhood
Windows alight with family life
Pondered his own boyhood

Lowered his old body down
Sat proper-like there
Dropped his cane in the sand
His feet propelled the air

Getting into the swing
Had come every night for a week
“Whoosh” sound in his ears
Listened to tired bones creak

What a funny silhouette
Swinging to and fro’
Long overcoat dangling
Fedora hat just so

Happiness there
In the fading light
Swinging alone
Smiling tonight

© 1999 CM Bailey


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Denise
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1 posted 10-30-1999 11:19 PM       View Profile for Denise   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Denise

This is wonderful, Corinne. I felt a tug of my heartstrings for the old guy!

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As did I. Very enjoyable reading.
hoot_owl_rn
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Great post, thanks for the read
Corinne
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4 posted 10-31-1999 12:17 PM       View Profile for Corinne   Edit/Delete Message      Find Poems  View IP for Corinne

Thank you! True story...friend of my mother's father...I was so touched by it, had to get it down on paper, you know?

Corinne
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Loved this!

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Illusion...what we see and what we do...it's all up to you.
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made me smile
 
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