Swings – Blog Carnival

Hold onto your seats because …. It’s time for the One Word at a Time blog carnival!

This week’s word is: Swings

You are welcome to join in either by writing or reading or both. If you write a post on the topic of ‘swings’, please add your link to the little widget below so we can all find it!

Remember, if you tweet your post or any of the others in the carnival, please use the hashtag #owaat.

Thanks. Enjoy!



The Old Man


The old man sits on his porch swing every day.

Swing, swing, swing.

He talks to anyone who wants to stop and chat,

Laughs with the children, gives wise counsel to the adults

and he swings.


Wars, earthquakes, famines and disasters

all bring a sad look to his eyes.

He sheds a tear for the hurt and wounded who cry out in pain

and still he swings.


He smiles when a family drops by to visit

Just coming over for a chat.

His eyes light up as he holds their new-born baby in his arms.

and he swings.


Rain or shine, he’s there every day,

Though many don’t stop to talk.

He sits and waits and smiles and waves.

and he swings.


About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

24 thoughts on “Swings – Blog Carnival”

  1. Glynn says:

    And if he wasn’t in the swing, he was in the rocking chair, smoking his pipe, the aroma of pipe tobacco mingling with the scent of the roses next to the porch.

    Good post, Peter. Thanks for hosting.

    1. PeterP says:

      You’ve met him too, huh?

  2. I can definitely see the whole scene, Peter. Good stuff. Hope my post isn’t too loose on the topic, but it does include the word “swings” in it. 🙂 Thanks sir!

    1. PeterP says:

      Jason, I would NEVER accuse you of being ‘too loose’ 🙂


  3. Amy Nabors says:

    This reminds me of my dad. He sits in his porch swing every day.

    1. PeterP says:


      I’ve never met anyone who actually swings daily. Except maybe Billy Coffey… but then, I only know him online.

  4. We used to sit on the back porch swing at my parents’ house. I loved it so. Now my nephew lives in the house and we can sit on the same swing with his infant son. Such joy!

  5. katdish says:

    So much communicated in an economy of words. Great job, Peter.

    1. PeterP says:

      Thanks, Kathy!

  6. Ryan Tate says:

    Well done Peter! Beautiful.

    1. PeterP says:

      Thank you, Ryan!

    1. PeterP says:

      Thank you, Helen

  7. nance marie says:

    as i read this, you make me forget the effort put into the words. it seems so natural, and real.

    the man is just like the front porch
    open to all
    and like the swing
    easy going

    simply so much to offer

    1. PeterP says:

      Awwww, thanks, Nance!

  8. Louise G says:

    A very touching vision you paint with sparse and precise words. Lovely!

  9. Hazel I Moon says:

    I can relate to those old folks and their swing. Such wonderful therapy to relax and swing. It makes a great place to talk to God about our day and to let go of anxiety and stress.

  10. So jealous! I want to swing!

  11. Nicely done. Very vivid images.

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