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Poem of the Week: “Girl on a Swing” by Thomas Kinsella

The sensation of swinging is that of both freedom and dependency; as you fall through the air, you can feel excited and terrified at once. Like a swing, this sweet little poem shifts, connecting us to the feelings of “panic and delight” that Kinsella so gracefully describes.

Girl on a Swing

My touch has little force:
Her infant body falls.
Her lips lightly purse
With panic and delight
And fly up to kiss
The year’s brimming glass;
To drink; to sag sweetly
When I drop from sight.

Thomas Kinsella, from Selected Poems (2010)


Categories: Irish Poetry, Poem of the Week, Thomas Kinsella

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