Now, You ‘done gone and broke’ That Swing!


Now, You ‘done gone and broke’ That Swing!

By Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee

Gloria Faye Brown Bates/aka Granny Gee… as a child

 

Sitting in the old swing on the front porch

Several small children laughed as the wind blew in their face

The swing went higher, higher as their little legs pumped

 

Back, forwards they swung… their hearts sang with pure joy

They wanted to do this forever… swing to their heart’s content

What a happy, precious moment in time

 

The sun was shining, the birds chirping away

As that old swing creaked each time it swung back, forwards

Squeals, laughter… what a wonderful day it was

 

Until… the swing didn’t go forward again

Instead, it went flying through the air until…

With a crash, it hit the chaney ball tree in the yard

 

Squeals of joy turned into screams… laughter turned to tears

As each child was tossed here, there from the force

They got up from the ground, brushing sand from their clothes

 

The little children comforted each other

They didn’t understand what had happened

When that swing swung them to hell

 

Swung them high into the air, slammed them into the tree

They stood back, looking the swing over

The wood was broken in the middle where it struck the tree

 

They ran to tell someone about the swing breaking

Heard their grandfather roar… I told you not to swing so high

Now, you ‘done gone and broke’ that swing!

 

The children had stopped crying by now, began to grin

They loved to watch this gentle giant of a man

Who was blind…. lose his cool

 

They loved him with their hearts, he sure was funny

When he got mad…. he’d roar like a lion

The whole world could hear him

 

While they nudged each other, silently giggled up a storm

George never saw them as he could not see

He went out that front door… out to the chaney ball tree

 

Picked that swing up, took it to the shed

All the while fussing about the kids swinging too high

They didn’t listen… and ‘went and done it, anyway

 

A week later, a new… wooden swing was put up

The same little children were swinging in it

Laughing, squealing with joy… having a good time

 

This time, they didn’t swing so high

They didn’t want to crash again

Nor did they want to hear their grandfather roar…

 

Now, you ‘done gone and broke’ that swing!

 

 

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