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J.D. Deutschendorf
717 Cedar Springs Dr
Tuttle, Oklahoma

  on a swing long ago

backwards down you come;
below your happy eyes
the deep green grass
of summer
rushing fast along the ground.

you lean forward
as far as you dare;
knobby knees bent -
legs tucked close under the seat
waiting ...

  then with perfect timing
  your feet kick straight out;
  slender hands tugging the chains;
  leaning way, way back.

  circling up,
  your laughter spreads
  across the little neighborhood;
  carried by gentle childhood winds
  far off into skies of wondrous blue.

from: When I Draw Near Unto the Waters
Copyright © 2000
by J.D. Deutschendorf