poetry and prose about place

early schools – the rope swing

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Students in the one room school may have appreciated apple trees growing in the school yard. But there would have been other trees too. A hefty old red maple would have been a good place for a swing. Perhaps a simple rope swing, with a loop over a horizontal tree branch and a big old knot at the end for sitting.


June 3 2016 'rope swing' Jane Tims



rope swing


lunch hour

best spent

upside down


legs wrapped

tight as twist

of hemp


splayed ends

of the big knot

trail on the ground

follow hair and

dragging fingers


world tipsy-turned

maple branch – a bridge across the sky

other kids stand on their heads

school house and outhouse

hang from the hill



Copyright  2016  Jane Tims

Written by jane tims

June 8, 2016 at 7:00 am

7 Responses

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  1. I love your drawings, Jane! You are so talented both in drawing and poetry.

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    June 8, 2016 at 5:05 pm

  2. Great little poem to go with the drawing, Jane. Thank you.

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    June 8, 2016 at 8:54 am

    • I don’t often put my poems on my blog but sometimes the drawing would like to have a poem!


      jane tims

      June 8, 2016 at 11:22 am

      • Neat way of looking at it. If I didn’t put my poems on my blog, I wouldn’t have a blog!!!

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        June 8, 2016 at 11:49 am

      • One of my main goals is publication in literary journals. Often, they consider a poem that has appeared on the blog as published and will not accept it for their magazine. So I only publish some of my poems here.


        jane tims

        June 8, 2016 at 1:12 pm

      • Good point. Everything I have published so far is a new revision of an already published piece of work. I am deep into the re-writing process at present.

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        June 8, 2016 at 1:18 pm

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