208th Virtual Poetry Circle

Welcome to the 208th Virtual Poetry Circle!

Remember, this is just for fun and is not meant to be stressful.

Keep in mind what Molly Peacock’s books suggested. Look at a line, a stanza, sentences, and images; describe what you like or don’t like; and offer an opinion. If you missed my review of her book, check it out here.

Also, sign up for the 2013 Dive Into Poetry Challenge because its simple; you only need to read 1 book of poetry. Check out the stops on the 2013 National Poetry Month Blog Tour and the 2012 National Poetry Month Blog Tour.

Today’s poem is from Robert Louis Stevenson:

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!

        -- from A Child's Garden of Verses (1999) 

What do you think?


  1. This reminds me of that feeling of flying you get at the top of the arc. Your stomach gives a little flip as you start back down. I always loved that. You’ll have to excuse me; I’m going to go chase kids off the park swings so I can play.

  2. It is very child-like and sweet.

    So Wiggles was afraid of swings? I think all kids are until they realize they aren’t going to fly out. I remember it taking a good long time for my daughter to love them.

    • She used to love swings when I first introduced them to her, but then suddenly she was afraid of them, only to recently begin liking them again.

  3. Cute poem…and a good choice given Wiggles recently getting over her fear of swings. 😉